Magazine’s up and down season continued last week.
The Rattlers and Danville saved all the fireworks for the final two innings Tuesday.
With Randon Baumgartner and Dalton Reagan pitching out of trouble for the Rattlers and Little Johns the game was scoreless heading to the sixth inning.
There was a call down the third base line that went Danville’s way resulting in a double and Baumgartner still had a chance to get out of the inning getting a two out ground ball but a throwing error broke the scoring ice for the Little Johns who scored twice on the play.
Austin Canada doubled in the bottom of the inning and scored on a two out single by Pacen Roberson to cut it to 2-1 but Brodrik Welling fanned on Reagan’s 109th patch of the game to end the inning.
Two hits, three errors and two hit batters led to four Little John runs in the seventh to make it 6-1 but the Rattlers would not go quietly.
Reagan surpassed the 110 pitch maximum with Trevor Blake at the plate and Blake eventually singled.
After Ben Cantrell struck out Matt Smith Baumgartner doubled home a run and moved to third on a passed ball while Canada fanned. A Deven Chappell single made it 6-3 and an errant pickoff at first got Loyd home, who had also walked and it was 6-4 when Roberson walked to put the tying runs aboard before Colton Young went down swinging to end it.
Magazine missed two scoring opportunities against Reagan in the first inning, loading the bases on two errors and a hit batter but Reagan got strike outs of Canada and Chapell to strand them all. Magazine let two more in scoring position in the second.
Dover 11 Rattlers 3
The Pirates scored seven times in the bottom of the fifth to turn a one-run game into a comfortable win on Thursday.
Magazine actually had a lead after two and half innings. The inning started with a walk to Ethan Cox and after a sacrifice bund, Matt Smith singled. Randon Baumgartner flew out for the second out but an error allowed Shaffer Loyd to reach and Cox and Smith to both score for a 2-1 lead.
Loyd pitched the first three innings before being lifted for Trevor Blake. The Pirates got to Blake for three runs in the fourth to take the lead. One run scored on a wild pitch, another on a bases loaded walk and the third on a fly ball to make it 4-2 in Dover’s favor.
Smith doubled leading off the Magazine fifth and with one out scored on an infield single by Loyd to make it 4-3.
A walk started the Pirate fifth but that runner was erased on a double play before an error extended the inning. A bunt single, another single, consecutive walks, another error and another single pushed the lead to 11-3 before Pacen Roberson manged to get an infield popup to finish the frame.
Smith had a three hit day for the Rattlers, accounting for half of the hits, and the five errors were too much to overcome.
On Friday Pacen Roberson threw a complete game in a 14-1 win over Western Yell County.
County Lines’ Cole Leavell was cruising Saturday in the Logan County Classic. He had struck out seven and allowed just four hits.
Leavell issued a leadoff walk to Randon Baumgarter, which Shaeffer Loyd followed with a home run to cut the Indian lead to 4-2.
Leavell then walked Pacen Roberson but struck out Deven Chappell and Austin Canada, reaching the 110-pitch limit for the day in doing so. Paycn Reames completed the inning by striking out Colton Young.
Reames went on to save it for Leavell but not without drama. He hit Ethan Cox to lead off the Rattler seventh and Trevor Blake singled. A Matt Smith sacrifice moved both into scoring position and after Baumgartner fanned, Reames walked Loyd to put the winning run on base. He got out of it by fanning Roberson to end the game.
In the consolation game the Rattlers shot down Scranton, 7-1.
Magazine pounded out 14 hits in the win with three coming from Baumgratner, including a two run home run, and Loyd and two each by Chappell, Canada and Young. Baumgartner also drove in three of the runs.
Loyd scattered six hits over six innings to pick up the win.