On a bright and sunny Thursday afternoon, Rosewood continued its hot start to the season.
Junior Tanner Caps hit a triple, and the Eagles soared for a 13-3 win over Union. The Eagles also got a solid pitching performance from junior Will Albert who tossed three strikeouts and did what head coach Jason King asked him to do for four and one-third innings of work.
The Eagles were up 4-0 in the top of the third inning when the Spartans went to work at the plate. Matthew Ballance nailed a three-run home run to right field. With the score now 4-3, Albert responded striking out Britt Burley to get Rosewood out of the inning.
“I thought Will responded really well,” said Rosewood head coach Jason King. “When I went out to the mound I told him ‘it happens to everybody at some point’ he refocused and got in the zone, and competed. I was proud of him.”
In the bottom of the third inning, Rosewood, led by Caps’ triple, took a commanding 11-3 lead.
“We had some timely hitting with runners on base, and runners in scoring position,” said King. “We did a great job of getting in guys in scoring position. Any time when we can score with runners in scoring position, it’s a good thing, and we were fortunate to do that.”
Logan Merritt entered the game for Rosewood and earned a save by tossing one strikeout in a solid two-thirds inning of relief.
Caps led the Eagles offensively going 2-2 from the plate with five RBIs, while Merritt finished 2-2 with one double and two RBIs. Patrick Jones was 1-2 with a triple. Connor Casey, Jonah Clark, Will Harris, Patrick Jones, all had ab RBI. Logan Price also had a nice game swinging the bat going 2-4.
“We put the ball in play well,” said King. “We ran the bases pretty well, we had some defensive mistakes that we’ve got to clean up, but overall I’m happy with how we played.”
Rosewood (4-1 overall, 2-0) travels to Lakewood on Tuesday.