PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio – Rocky River bounced back after a sluggish start to defeat Valley Forge, 13-6, on Tuesday.
The Pirates hung 10 runs on the Patriots in the visitors’ half of the fifth inning. River was trailing, 4-2, headed into that at-bat. Fourteen batters later, the Maroon & White had a commanding lead, and they would hang on to complete the two-game season sweep.
Rocky River got a big two-way effort from freshman Ethan White, who allowed just two runs in a six-inning relief appearance while going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in at the plate.
Valley Forge walked its way to a 4-0 lead through two, taking advantage of River control problems early. The Pirates got half of those runs back in the top of the fourth when White singled home Dillon Bandi and Jacob Florentine. White hung zeroes in the third and fourth, and that brought the Sons of Blackbeard to the fifth trailing by two.
In that fifth, back-to-back singles by Owen Jaite and Tommy Kelly started the River rally. RBI hits by Bandi, Braedon Spies and Grant Eversman highlighted the Pirates cycling around the bags. Eversman’s hit was a two-run double.
The rest of the contest was a trade of two runs for one, as the River Nine closed out the seven-run victory a day after defeating the same Patriots, 12-0.
For the game, Rocky River out-hit Valley Forge, 12-5. The Pirates (six) and Patriots (11) combined to draw 17 walks in the game.
The Pirates (7-11, 5-5 Great Lakes Conference) posted a .996 OPS (on-base plus slugging) over their two games against Valley Forge. River’s 13 runs Tuesday mark the most the Pirates have scored in a single game this season.
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