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Redmen use ‘small ball’ to slip by Flyers, 3-0

St. Joseph Flyers’ shortstop Seth Kelly (left) puts the tag on Rock Hill’s Jake Blagg as he slides into second base. The Redmen blanked the Flyers 3-0. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

St. Joseph Flyers’ shortstop Seth Kelly (left) puts the tag on Rock Hill’s Jake Blagg as he slides into second base. The Redmen blanked the Flyers 3-0. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

PEDRO — The theory of “small ball” is get them on, get them over and get them in.

That was the theory used by the Rock Hill Redmen on Tuesday as they edged the St. Joseph Flyers 3-0.

“We got them on, moved them over and found away to get them in,” said Rock Hill coach Barry Litteral.

“We had good pitching and good hitting and got the timely hits when we needed and it all adds up.”

Kaleb Kidd gave Rock Hill the good pitching with a five-hitter. He struck out eight and walked two.

Clay Willis threw well for the Flyers. He gave up eight hits, struck out four and walked two.

“Kidd threw well. Both pitchers threw well. Kidd threw strikes and hit his spots,” said Litteral.

Rock Hill (11-8) got a run in the first inning when Heath Carpenter doubled, Sean McFann beat out an infield hit and Brandon Schob hit a sacrifice fly.

The lead went to 2-0 in the second on a double by Kyle Stanfield, Trae Crabtree’s sacrifice bunt and Landon Smith’s ground out.

The final run scored in the fifth.

Smith walked, Blagg had a bunt single, Carpenter hit into a fielder’s choice and McFann bunted for a hit to drive in the run.

Blagg and McFann each went 2-3 for the Redmen. Zac McGraw was 2-3 with a double for the Flyers.

On Wednesday, Rock Hill hosts Gallipolis while St. Joseph entertains Ironton.

St. Joseph 000 000 0 = 0 5 1

Rock Hill 110 010 x = 3 8 1

Clay Willis and Zac McGraw. Kaleb Kidd and Nichols. W-Kidd (K-8, BB-2). L-Willis (K-4, BB-2, ER-3), Hitting-SJ: Isaac Whaley 1-4 2B, Zac McGraw 2-3 2B, Tyler Ward 1-3 2B, Payton Adkins 1-3; RH: Jake Blagg 2-3, Heath Carpenter 1-3 2B, Sean McFann 2-3, Brandon Schob 1-2 SF, Kyle Stanfield 1-3 2B, Trae Crabtree 1-2.