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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Rose Bud sweeps Quitman

  • Rose Bud improved to 5-1 by sweeping a pair of five-inning games at Quitman, beating the Bulldogs 6-3 and 7-0 on Thursday at the Quitman Sports Complex.
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  • Rose Bud improved to 5-1 by sweeping a pair of five-inning games at Quitman, beating the Bulldogs 6-3 and 7-0 on Thursday at the Quitman Sports Complex.
    Rose Bud freshman left-handed pitcher Bradley Chalk shut down the Bulldogs in the nightcap, rolling through all five innings.
    In the first game of the doubleheader, Rose Bud starting pitcher Andrew Adcock struck out six and only allowed two hits in three innings of work.
    Adcock pitched around a leadoff single by Cody Bettis, and a one-out bunt single by DJ McVay in the bottom of the first inning. The Ramblers took the lead for good in the bottom of the second, plating one run on two hits.
    Blake Ferrell sparked Rose Bud with a single to center field and Chris Henry followed with a single to left field. With runners at the corners, Dylan Rodgers lifted an RBI sacrifice-fly to center field, scoring Ferrell. Bettis, Quitman’s left-handed starting pitcher, worked around further trouble by inducing a groundout and fly-out, leaving Henry stranded at third.
    Adcock struck out the first two batters he faced in the bottom half of the second, but Josh Chance reached on an error and Bettis walked. Adcock escaped the frame when Michael McRae grounded sharply to third base, where Blaed Matthews stayed down on the ball and stepped on third to force Chance.
    Rose Bud added two insurance runs on two hits in the top of the third, beginning with a single to left field off the bat of Tyler Weatherley. After Skyler Baker was hit by a pitch and both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, Dylan Moore drove home Weatherley with an RBI groundout to Jonathan Pike at third.
    Pike gloved another ground ball and cut down Baker at the plate for the second out, but Ferrell reached on an error to extend the inning for Henry, who scorched an RBI single to right field, scoring Blaed Matthews. Bettis pitched around more damage, retiring Rodgers on a groundout to McRae at shortstop.
    Adcock sat down the Bulldogs in order in the bottom half of the third and Bettis pitched around a leadoff single by Adcock in the top of the fourth.Ferrell relieved Adcock to start the bottom half of the fourth and picked up two quick outs on ground balls taken by Henry at shortstop. Hayden Stovall reached on an error, but Ferrell got out of the inning when Chance bounced out to Moore at second.
    In the top of the fifth, Rose Bud added three critical insurance runs as Baker and Moore each drew a walk, causing Quitman to relieve Bettis with Walker Johnson. After Matthews was hit by a pitch, Ferrell drove home Baker with an RBI groundout.
    Page 2 of 2 - Henry walked to reload the bases for Adcock, who reached on an error that allowed Moore and Matthews to score as Rose Bud pushed its lead to 6-0. Johnson got out of the jam by retiring Turner Moon on a fly-out to McVay camped in center field.
    Down to its last three outs, Quitman (0-7) stirred up a rally in the bottom of the fifth, starting when Bettis was hit by a pitch. McVay added a one-out, hit and run single through the hole on right side, moving Bettis around to third.
    Ty Davis took one for the team to load the bases for Johnson, whose hard ground ball to the left side was misplayed, allowing McVay to score. Trevor Watts drove home Davis with an RBI single to left field, but pinch-runner Royce Katzer was cut down at the plate on a relay throw from Matthews for the second out.
    Trailing 6-3 and down it its final out with runners at first and second, Rose Bud got out of the inning when Moore took care of a ground ball to second base off the bat of Stovall.
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