Ram BB team scores winning run in the bottom of seventh inning
By SUE RIEDER
Jordan Hostetler broke a 0-0 tie by scoring on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Rams defeated Saydel 1-0 on July 6. “This was a great game, featuring two talented pitchers, and some outstanding defensive plays,” said Coach Mark Sawhill. The pitchers were Riah Nelsen from Greene County who entered the contest with a .87 ERA and Saydel’s Rece Martin who had a 1.73 ERA and led the league in strike outs with 83.
The Rams got four hits off of Martin. Alex Rasmussen and Daric Whipple each blasted a double, and Jordan Hostetler and Nelsen both ripped singles, but none of those hits resulted in a run. The Eagles got five hits off of Riah Nelsen, and took advantage of four walks and a hit batsman to get runners on, but all were stranded on base also.
The lone run of the game was scored in the bottom of the seventh, when the Eagles put in pitcher Joe Seuferer, who had a 8-1 record and a 1.51 ERA. Hostetler got a pass to first when he was hit by a pitch, Jordan moved to second when Tyler Beger laid down a beautiful bunt up the first base side. Whipple was the third batter of the inning, and he hit a fly ball into deep right field, so Hostetler could tag up and advance to third. After the pitcher had a full count on Colton Fitzpatrick, he threw a pitch that was difficult to handle, and when it went back to the backstop, Hostetler motored across the plate to score, and the Rams had their sixth consecutive win.
The victory improved Greene County’ s record to 17-9 overall and 13-4 in the league.