Rams Batter Bulldogs

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Cornersville Bulldogs (8-4) when they butted heads with the Ross Rams (1-0) on Saturday afternoon, as the defending Southwest Ohio Conference champs pounded CHS 24-0 in four innings at Joe George Field in the Rocket/Tiger Classic.

Ross took control of the game right from the start and built a 2-0 lead in the first inning before pushing across five runs in the top of the second to open up a 7-0 advantage.

Out of control

Cornersville shortstop Tate Lowery fields a high chopper by Ross' Shane Naegele before throwing out Eric Hammerle at second base in the top of the third inning. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The game then got out of hand after that point, as the Rams exploded for eight runs in the top of the third to stretch their lead to 15-0 prior to crossing home plate nine more times in the fourth inning to cap their mercy rule shortened victory.

Despite playing their first game of the season, Ross looked sharp at the plate and pounded out 13 hits overall against four CHS hurlers. Cornersville's pitchers also struggled with their control, as the Bulldogs issued eight walks and hit eight Ram batters while CHS made five errors in the field.

"I was pleased with how aggressive we were and with how we played the first time out," said Ross coach Jason Rettinger. "We've had an unbelievable time so far and the hospitality here has been great. It's nice to play some different people and see some different faces."

Big numbers

Third baseman Drew Chase spearheaded the Rams offensive onslaught by going 3-for-5 with a triple, 7 RBI, and three runs scored. David Haynes (3 RBI), Shane Naegele (2 RBI), Joe Warman (2 RBI), and Cory Burton (2 RBI) notched two hits apiece for Ross as well, while Drew Dietz (3 RBI) and Trey King (1 RBI) both had one hit.

Cornersville starting pitcher David Looney suffered his first loss of the year and yielded seven runs over two innings on four hits and two walks to go along with four hit batsmen.

The Bulldogs, conversely, mustered only two hits in the contest en route to being shutout for the first time this season. Curt Taylor and Hunter Talley each singled to account for both Cornersville hits.

Ross starting pitcher Tyler King picked up the win after giving up two hits in three scoring innings of work. Thomas House then came on in relief of King and struck out all three batters he faced in the bottom of the fourth inning.