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Sluggers 1-hit Mulvane

Charles Chaney
cchaney@butlercountytimesgazette.com
Rose Hill congratulates each other after a 9-0 win over Mulvane on Tuesday, July 21 at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kansas.

The Rose Hill Sluggers hit more batters than they gave up hits on Tuesday night at Eck Stadium.

That’s a really good thing.

Rose Hill used three pitchers to combine for their second 1-hitter of the season, shutting out Mulvane 9-0 in the weekly Sunflower Showcase.

“We aren’t afraid to go inside,” Moore said. “We’ve really come together as a team this season and it’s showing.”

Zach Moore struck out six over six innings to pick up his third win of the year.

“Ross [Cadena] was a huge help for me,” Moore said. “He made it easy for me to just get up and pitch.”

Rose Hill previously did it a month ago to the day, when they held Great Bend to a 1-hit performance on June 21.

“We have a really good staff top to bottom,” Rose Hill head coach Jake Jones said. “Everyone is stepping up for us.”

Rose Hill improves to 23-7 on the year and 20-6 in the SCL. While Mulvane drops to 11-17 no the year and 9-17 in the SCL.

It helps when the all-stars get to work early at the plate to give you run support. Max Hartman scored after Hunter Gibson doubled. Kelsey Weems singled to score Gibson to give the Sluggers an early 2-0 lead.

That’s all they would need.

Moore would pitch five three-up-and-three-down innings. He would allow a double in the second inning to Colby Deaville, the only hit for Mulvane on the night.

The Sluggers would add five runs in the top of the sixth for some insurance. Garrett Kocis would double to start the inning and would score after an error on a throw to first. Kelsey Weems, Adam Theis, Matt Johnson and Hartman would all score in the inning, with four of the five runs coming unearned.

On Monday, the Sunflower Collegiate League named eight different Sluggers to the East All-Star team. Those All-Stars came to play on Tuesday.

“It’s nice having those accolades,” Sluggers head coach Jake Jones said. “There are really good teams in this league and you cannot let those things go to your head.”

Owen Logan came into relieve Moore and sat the first three batters down in order off a nice 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Rose Hill would tack on runs in the eighth and ninth inning to secure the win.

Hartman finished 2-for-4 for two runs. Zach Baxley and Gibson both added in two RBIs for the helper.

Logan pitched two innings, striking out two and hitting two batters. Ethan Petesron finished off the ninth with a strikeout and not walking any.

With the victory, Rose Hill improves to 3-0 in the Sunflower Showcase. It’s something could be a nice omen with the NBC World Series being played at Eck for the Championship round.

“We’re focusing on the next game,” Moore said. “We still have business to take care of.”

The Sluggers will wrap up the series against Mulvane on Wednesday and Thursday in Rose Hill. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Rose Hill High School has been a fortress of solitude for the Sluggers. They have won 13 straight games there since their opening season loss to Derby.

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