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10-run fourth lifts Scot City over Charleston

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Scott City center fielder Chris Limbaugh makes a diving catch in the second inning against Charleston Tuesday afternoon in Scott City. The Rams scored 10 runs in the fourth and won the game 13-2. Brent Shipman, Staff
SCOTT CITY -- For the second time in as many games, the Scott City Rams put double digit runs on the board.

After beating East Prairie 11-0 in their last contest, the Rams capitalized on 12 walks by the visiting Charleston Bluejays on Tuesday afternoon as the they rolled to a 13-2 mercy rule win in the fifth inning.

"We just came out and hit the ball," Scott City's Brett Dirnberger said. "We started out slow, but as it got later on in the game we got more hits and started driving in runs when we needed to."

Despite the final score, the game was actually a low scoring affair until the bottom of the fourth which Scott City entered with a slim 3-2 lead.

Starting with the Rams' No. 7 hitter Alex Eichorn leading off the inning, nine consecutive batters who stepped up to the plate would score with the Rams putting up a total of ten runs in the frame.

Scott City drew six walks in the inning, with four hits and an error accounting for the rest of the damage.

"It's always good to have runs to support your pitcher," Scott City's Landon Robert said. "We capitalized on the walks and hit the ball when we needed to."

In earning the win, Skylar Cobb goes all five innings to improve his record to 4-1 on the season.

He allowed four hits and no walks while striking out ten.

The Rams came away with seven hits on the afternoon with catcher Ryan Fortner leading the way, going 2-for-2.

Their two extra-base hits came from Robert and Cobb, who had a double and triple respectively.

Getting the first varsity start of his high school career, freshman Trey Watkins took the loss for the Bluejays.

Watkins went three innings giving up three hits and eight walks while allowing five runs.

Though Watkins struggled at times, Charleston head coach Michael Minner was pleased with his freshman's first performance.

"I thought he battled," Minner said. "He had good stuff, but he didn't have real good command. That's part of being nervous.

"We put him in a tough position, but I thought he battled and did a tremendous job to keep us in the ball game for as long as he did."

Both of the Bluejays' runs came in the second when Danny McKinney singled to left, scoring Ethan Browning and Zach Rowland from second and third.

Of the Bluejays four hits, one was for extra bases as Browning legged out a double in the second.

The Bluejays now stand at 10-6 this year and will get a chance to rebound when they face Hayti Thursday.

Scott City pushes its record to 10-3 on the season with the Rams putting up 10 or more runs in seven of their wins.

They will look to make it three wins in a row when they visit the Bloomfield Wildcats this Thursday at 4 p.m.

Charleston 020 0 0 -- 2

Scott City 300 (10)x -- 13

WP -- Skylar Cobb (10-3). LP -- Trey Watkins (0-1). Multiple hitters -- (SC) Ryan Fortner 2-2. 2B -- (C) Ethan Browning. (SC) Landon Robert. 3B -- (SC) Skylar Cobb.