Sluggers win fifth in last six
WICHITA -- With Great Bend breathing down their neck, the Rose Hill Sluggers stepped up big in the seventh inning. Rose Hill sent nine batters to the plate and Great Bend uses three pitchers. The Sluggers scored four on three hits, three walks and a hits batsman to blow open a relatively close game.
The Sluggers now have won five of their last six games and take the series against Great Bend.
“I’m proud of our guys for winning the series,” head coach Jake Jones said. “That’s our ultimate goal every series. Got it done.”
Mason Hartman scored in the top of the first inning to give the Rose Hill Sluggers the 1-0 lead and they would never look back, despite a tough effort from Great Bend on Tuesday night in the Sunflower Showcase at Eck Stadium.
The Sluggers scored in seven of their first eight inning through great small ball game and Jackson Dietel picked up the win in Rose Hill’s 14-8 win over Great Bend on Tuesday night in the Sunflower Showcase at Eck Stadium.
Adam Theis made it 2-0 on a Matt Johnson fly out to center field.
After Zach Baxley sent a double to the left field wall, Hunter Gibson sent him crossing home plate on the next at bat to make it 3-1 Sluggers through the middle of three innings.
“We’re a bunch of JUCO guys, a bunch of bandits,” Baxley said. “We’re going to grind out every pitch. Any time we’re down, we’re going to come back.”
After both teams plated three runs in the fifth inning, including a five-hit inning for Rose Hill, the teams went into a grind it out mode.
The fifth for Rose Hill started with Baxley reaching on a single. Followed by Wichita State’s Garrett Kocic singling to center. Reetz came in and tripled to score two with two out. Theis would score Reetz from third on the next at bat, making it 6-2 Sluggers.
Great Bend would answer with three of their own and match a one-run sixth inning but it would be the seventh inning that put the game out of reach.
Rose Hill loaded the bases with no out and Jeremiah Ceasar reached on an infield hit to score Kocic. Hartman would single to left to score two more in the inning. A wild pitch would score Ceasar to make it 11-6 once all the damage was done.
Zach Baxley went 3-for-6 for an RBI and two runs scored to lead the Sluggers and Dietel went 4 1/3 innings, striking out five in the process. Reetz went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Rose Hill would add three more in the top of the ninth to put the game on ice.
Gibson, who came into the night second in the league in hitting, went 2-for-5, dropping his average to .480.
Joe Richter (Barton CC) was handed the loss for the Bat Cats.
The win takes the series for Rose Hill. The Sluggers had a five-pitcher 1-hitter on Sunday afternoon. They took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and held on. They used five different pitchers to get the win, while walking only five.
Great Bend responded with a 5-1 win Game 1 of a double header on Monday. Rose Hill came back, taking game to 10-2. The Sluggers has now scored at least nine runs in four of their seven games.
“Our pitching has been really good,” Baxley said. “Our pitching staff is really deep. We should be good going forward.”
Rose Hill is back on the Hill as they make up a rain out game against Derby in Derby at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night.
The Sluggers will head into some non-conference action after playing Derby. They’ll play the Wichita Areos, a Sluggers Academy team, and a team called the Vipers on Sunday.
“We’re confident,” Jones said. “We just have to keep getting better.”
Rose Hill will get back into conference play on Tuesday as they host the Hutchinson Monarchs in a huge series.
Rose Hill 111 031 403 – 14;15;4
Great Bend 011 031 101 – 8;12;0