The Magazine Rattlers capped a perfect week with a seventh inning rally to beat Scranton, 5-4 Thursday.
Earlier in the week the Rattlers had opened blended conference play last week with an 11-1 win over Johnson County Westside that included an eight run fifth inning. The Rattlers opened the week by avenging a loss to Waldron with a 6-1 win on Monday.
Rattlers 5 Scranton 4
Scranton scored three times in the top of the seventh against Shaffer Loyd and Randon Baumgartner before Loyd returned to the mound to finish the inning with the damage leaving the Rattlers in a 4-2 hole.
Deven Chappell, who had three hits in the game, opened the bottom of the seventh inning by reaching on an error and when David Andrepont walked Colton Young the Rattlers had the tying runs aboard. A sacrifice bunt by Brodrick Welling moved the runners into scoring position but when Trevor Blake flew out the Rattlers were down to their last out.
Matt Smith fell into an 0-2 hole the delivered a 1-2 pitch to the fence for a double to tie the game at 4-4. Smith swiped third during a walk to Baumgartner and he scored the winner on a wild pitch with Loyd at the plate.
Magazine drew first blood on a single by Austin Canada and a Rocket error — the teams combined for nine of them. Andrepont’s RBI-single in the sixth made it 2-1.
Rattlers 11 JC Westside 1
The Rattlers took full advantage of seven Rebel errors, especially in a big inning when there were four errors and a catcher obstruction infraction charged to Westside.
Magazine bookkeepers had the game 10-1 after five but the official book in Coal Hill said it was 11-1 so the game was called at that point.
Randon Baumgartner saw an error lead to a Westside run in the bottom of the fifth that got the Rebels to within 2-1 but he struck out Kyler Stumbaugh to strand a potential tying run at third.
Baumgartner then reached on an error to start the fifth. He moved up on a single by Shaffer Loyd and scored on another one by Austin Canada. A fielder’s choice with no out recorded got one home, a Colton Young single made it 5-1. Catcher’s obstruction on a squeeze bunt by Brodrik Welling made it 6-1.
Trevor Blake chased in a run with a ground ball and two errors while Baumgartner was at bat for the second time got two more runs and Baumgartner scored for the second time in the inning on Loyd’s second hit of the frame.
Pacen Roberson singled in a run in the second and an infield single by Loyd made it 2-0 in the third. Loyd had three of the Rattlers’ seven hits.
Wesley Binyon worked the first three innings and took the loss for the Rebels. Baumgartner threw all five innings for the Rattlers and struck out 10 for the win.
Rattlers 6 Waldron 1
Trevor Blake threw a complete game, scattering seven hits Monday. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter in a 90-pitch effort that took him out of the rotation for three days due to the new pitch count rule.
Blake got run support in every inning except the fifth, when the Bulldogs scored their only run.
In the first it was an RBI single by Shaffer Loyd driving in Matt Smith who had singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and third on a Bulldog error — there were five of them — that allowed Randon Baumgartner to reach.
A second inning triple by Smith drove in Brodrik Welling and an error that allowed Deven Chappell to reach scored a run in the third to make it 3-0.
With Ty Allen on the mound the Rattlers got a crooked number in the fourth behind a run scoring double by Baumgartner and a single by Austin Canada that plated Baumgartner and it was 5-0.
After Chrisman drove in a run for the Bulldogs in the fifth the Rattlers got the run back in the sixth on a passed ball during a Canada at bat that ended up being a hit by pitch.
Starter Tyler Owens worked three innings and took the loss for Waldron.