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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Ramblers smash Thunderbirds

  • It didn't take long for Rose Bud to prove its superiority Friday at Guy-Perkins as the Ramblers racked up 17 runs on nine hits and nine errors in the top of the first inning.
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  • It didn’t take long for Rose Bud to prove its superiority Friday at Guy-Perkins as the Ramblers racked up 17 runs on nine hits and nine errors in the top of the first inning.
    The Ramblers pulled all of their starters after the bottom half, rolling to an 18-2, 3-inning victory over the Thunderbirds.
    Facing Guy-Perkins left-handed starting pitcher Cole Webb, Rose Bud sent 22 batters to the plate in the top half of the first. After leadoff batter Skyler Baker was hit by a pitch and stole second, Tyler Bell drilled an RBI double off the base of the wall in left field.
    Dylan Moore reached on an error, Blaed Matthews took one for the team and Chris Henry reached on a run-scoring error, loading the bases for Tyler Weatherley, whose RBI walk brought home Moore.
    With one out, Andrew Adcock laced a 2 RBI double that was misplayed in the right center alley, clearing the bases as Matthews, Henry and Weatherley all scored.
    Already leading 6-0, Jake Cantey drew a walk and Baker reached on a sacrifice-bunt turned error, which allowed Adcock to score. Webb responded with a strikeout, his second of the inning, before Moore stroked a 2 RBI single to right field, plating Cantey and Baker.
    Matthews followed with a single up the middle and Henry walked to load the bases once again for Weatherley, who pulled a 2 RBI single to left field, scoring Moore and Matthews.
    Blake Ferrell then unloaded on an inside pitch, lining a 3-run home run over the left field fence. Leading 14-0, Adcock ripped a single to right field then Cantey roped an RBI single to left field, where it was mishandled, allowing Cantey to advance to second.
    Baker reached on an error that allowed Cantey to score, Bell singled through the hole on left side and Moore reached on an error that allowed Baker to score, pushing the Ramblers’ lead to 17-0 before Guy finally got out of the top half of the first.
    Rose Bud starting pitcher Andrew Adcock retired the Thunderbirds in order in the bottom half, inducing a fly-out to Bell in center, groundout to Matthews at first and a fly-out to Cantey in left.
    Daniel Dorado took over on the mound for Guy in the second and benefited from a double play to make quick work of the Ramblers.
    Facing left-handed relief pitcher Bradley Chalk, the Thunderbirds scored two runs on three hits in the bottom of the second, starting when Webb singled to left center.
    Chalk fired back with a strikeout before Stephen Gilbert belted an RBI single to right field, plating Webb. Chalk notched another strikeout but Guy struck again when Dylan Perkins poked an RBI single up the middle, scoring Gilbert.
    Page 2 of 2 - Chalk struck out the next batter ¬ his third of the inning, and the Ramblers added one run on one hit in the top of the third. After Chalk walked and moved to second on an error, Ethan Hendrix delivered an RBI single over third base and down the left field line, scoring Chalk.
    Dorado pitched around walks issued to Cody McCreedy and T.J. Davis, notching a strikeout and inducing a groundout to leave the bases loaded.
    Brandon Thorn smashed a double to the gap in right center to start the bottom of the third but Chalk responded with three consecutive strikeouts to end the game.
    Rose Bud, which improved to 6-3 overall, travels to Riverview for a 2-3A Conference game on Thursday.

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