Raiders ‘run-rule’ Southwest Christian University twice in two-game series


Alex Roberts

Assistant Editor–

 

The RSC baseball team dominated the second game of a two-game home series against the Southwest Christian University Eagles, winning 8-0 on Feb. 11.

After run-ruling the Eagles in the first game on Feb. 10, the Raiders did it again after playing just seven innings. According to the National Junior College Athletic Association rulebook, when a team obtains eight or more runs than its opponent after seven complete innings, the run-rule is enforced, causing the game to end.

The Raiders dominated every facet of the game on Feb. 11, from pitching to hitting. The Raiders scored their first run in the second inning when infielder Garrin Young hit a single, sending Raiders’ catcher Drew Umbro to the plate.

The Raiders continued to play well, leading 4-0 after four innings. They kept the Eagles off of the scoreboard with their excellent pitching and kept on scoring with their powerful hitting.

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Raiders’ Kyle Emmons pitches from the mound against Southwest Christian University during a home game on Feb.11. (photo by Alex Roberts)

Raiders’ pitcher Kyle Emmons started the game and pitched five scoreless innings. He pitched extremely well, throwing more than five strikeouts and causing several groundouts and popups.

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Raiders’ infielder Ryan White at-bat against Southwest Christian University during a home game on Feb.11. (photo by Alex Roberts)

Although conditions were windy, the Raiders performed very well at the plate. They hit multiple singles through the gap and had a few deep shots get past the outfielders. Raiders’ infielder Jeremy Katz hit two deep balls that could have been home runs if not for the wind.

At the top of the sixth inning, Raiders’ coach Coty Cooper decided to give Emmons some rest, sending in Blake Conner to pitch.

Conner struggled right from the start. He threw multiple balls in the dirt and let the Eagles get a man on third base. The Raiders had a rough half-inning, but were fortunate enough to prevent the Eagles from scoring.

Even though Conner had a tough time pitching, Cooper said his team “pitched really well.”

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Raiders had the bases loaded and a chance to increase their lead. Unfortunately, infielder Ryan Blue struck out to end the inning.

During the seventh inning, the Raiders cut the game short, making the score 8-0, and run-ruling the Eagles for a second straight game.

After the game, Cooper responded to his team’s performance. “We did a really good job on the mound,” he said

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