(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
SCOTT CITY -- Moving to the .500 mark on the season, the Scott City Rams put up a pair of six run rallies to defeat visiting Woodland 12-0 in five innings on Monday.
"We put a lot of balls in play, made them make plays and our pitcher threw strikes," Scott City head coach Lance Amick said. "Something we haven't done consistently is throw strikes and make plays in the field. We've been hit or miss with the bats, but consistently we've had eight or nine hits in game.
"If we can get those other two phases to go with that it makes for a good team."
With starting pitcher Logan Henson holding the Cardinals' bats at bay, the Rams went to work in the bottom of second building a sizable lead.
Starting with an error on the infield by Woodland (10-6), Scott City (6-6) put a pair of runners on before a ground ball up the third base side by Henson brought home the first run of the contest.
Another pair of errors came back to haunt the Cardinals when a passed ball allowed Heath Pobst to score from third, followed by an overthrow back to the pitcher bringing in the third run of the rally.
Driving in a run each, Travis Phillips, Landon Robert and Brett Dirnberger strung together three straight hits to put their team ahead 6-0 as the Rams batted around the order.
"We swung the bats fairly well today and made some opportune plays there in the second inning where we scored six," Amick said. "Jonathan McFall did a great job paying attention to when the third baseman overthrew the pitcher on that pop up to add a run there.
"Not to mention that deflates a defense when a team capitalizes on a mistake like that."
Though they were held quiet in the third Scott City came back in the bottom of the fourth and quickly loaded the bases with no outs.
Hitting a line drive up the middle, Pobst plated the first two runs of what turned to be another six-run rally as the Rams once again batted around the order.
For his second RBI of the game, Henson squeezed in a run from third before an infield fielding error gave Scott City a 10-0 lead.
The final two runs of the contest came home when a dropped fly ball in the outfield allowed Zach Carlyle and Levi Petitt to score from third and first respectively.
"Their pitcher (Henson) really threw well today," Woodland head coach Jason Crane said. "Defensively we've been better than that. Our last two games we've had more mistakes than what we like, especially today.
"I want to say we had around seven errors and that's not been the norm this season and I hope we get back to playing a good defensive ball game."
Pitching five shutout innings, Henson picked up the win. He allowed three hits and struck out seven without surrendering a walk.
"No walks and a lot of strikes," Amick said of Henson. "That's a good key for a pitcher. We have guys making the plays behind him and that's the way you draw it up.
"We play tomorrow, Thursday and have a double-header Saturday so we have five games this week and think Logan threw about 48 pitches so that helps. It saves some stress on his arm and we can bring him back at the end of the week to start games."
Leading the Rams 10-hit attack was Pobst, who went 3 for 3 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Going 2 for 4, Landon Robert scored a run and drove in another.
Woodland 000 00 - 0 3 6
Scott City 060 6x - 12 10 0
WP -- Logan Henson. LP -- Sean Magee. Multiple hitters -- Landon Robert 2-4, Heath Pobst 3-3. 2B -- (W) Landon Johnson.