West Raleigh drops Rockingham, 18-3

West Raleigh home runs, Rockingham errors cost home team

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

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ROCKINGHAM — As much as everything went right for the Rockingham on Monday night, that much went wrong on Tuesday.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

West Raleigh opened with an offensive barrage and once the Rockingham players hung their heads, their gloves stayed on the ground, too, in far too many circumstances in the Pony League Bronco Piedmont Section tournament at Bynum Field at Rockingham Civitan Park.

It began to fall apart in with only one out, only in the top of the first inning. Josh Holloman drew a walk off Rockingham pitcher Logan Moore to lead off the game before Moore got Cole Thompson to strike out swinging.

Evan Harding followed by smacking a 1-2 pitch over the right-centerfield fence for a two-run home run. Before Harding was seated back in the visitors’ dugout, teammate Ben Peterson jumped on Moore’s first offering for a solo homer, same spot as Harding’s. Quickly facing a 3-0 deficit, Moore walked the next batter but retired the next two, including Will Thistle on strikes.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com West Raleigh's Ben Peterson connects off Rockingham pitcher Logan Moore for a solo homer in the first inning to give his squad a 3-0 lead.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
West Raleigh’s Ben Peterson connects off Rockingham pitcher Logan Moore for a solo homer in the first inning to give his squad a 3-0 lead.

The snowball began gaining momentum on its descent of the Rockingham squad’s hopes in the top of the second. West Raleigh scored three times in the frame, but on only two solid hits and plenty of defensive miscues.

Bryson Lampley laced sharp single to left to lead off Rockingham’s half of the second inning but was stranded there when the next three batters went down quietly.

In West Raleigh’s half of the third, the visitors jacked their lead to 13-0 on a mix of timely hitting and poor fielding. Noah Cooper slapped Lampley’s first pitch through the legs of his second baseman. Cole Oxendine followed with another grounder to second, and two bad throws put Cooper and Oxendine on second and third, respectively, with no outs. Chase Edwards, West Raleigh’s No. 9 hitter, launched a two-run single to center for an 8-0 advantage.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

West Raleigh went up 9-0 on another Rockingham error and sacrifice fly to center by Peterson gave his team a 10-0 cushion.

Rockingham, meanwhile, went down quietly — again — in the bottom of the third, as all three batters struck out, including two by looking at called third strikes.

West Raleigh added three runs in the fourth but they were washed out when the Rockingham 12’s bats finally came alive. Welcoming Richie Van Tassel to the mound as West Raleigh’s new pitcher, Kade Stewart and Christopher Austin both drew walks and Lampley followed with an RBI double for Rockingham’s first run of the game.

Down 16-1, Moore redeemed himself with a timely RBI single to right field to score Lampley. The rally died when Zach Mabe hit a soft liner back to the mound, and the pitcher doubled Moore off first base.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com This was one of the plays that went right in the field for Rockingham, who struggled to maintain defensive consistency against West Raleigh.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
This was one of the plays that went right in the field for Rockingham, who struggled to maintain defensive consistency against West Raleigh.

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