The Rock Hill baseball team left the bases loaded in each of the first two innings Tuesday night at South Pointe High School.
In a normal baseball game, that usually comes back to haunt you. But this was no normal baseball game, and the trouble for the home-standing Stallions in the first two innings was the four errors, six walks, two hit batters, three calls to the bullpen, 10 hits and 15 runs that were surrendered in a 15-4 defeat.
The Bearcats batted around in the first inning and scored three runs on four hits and an error. That paled by comparison to the second inning when every hitter in the lineup batted twice more and the team scored 12 times. Freshman catcher Brandon Banks was hit by a pitch twice in the inning.
Rock Hill Coach Keith Cottrell’s rotator cuff may need to be checked after waiving so many runners home coming around the turnstile that was third base. A little over an hour after the game began and three times through the Rock Hill batting order, only 1 1/2 innings had been played, but the story had already been written.
“Never been associated with a game like that in my life,” Cottrell said. “I’ve truly never seen anything like it. I didn’t know what to do.”
The Bearcats hit the ball well but the bleeding could have been stopped by better Stallions defense as only five of the 15 runs were earned despite the 10 early hits. The first three batters of the game got base hits for Rock Hill and after a force at home and a sacrifice fly by Josh Willaby it was 1-0 with one out. However, Banks’ dribbler to the right of pitcher Ethan Hinson glanced off his glove and he threw the ball away trying to get a force-out at third. The error allowed two runs to score.
In the second, the first three batters again reached on base hits and Hinson was taken out for Wade Hopper. Cody Edkins walked to bring one run in and Willaby’s grounder to third was thrown away at the plate allowing two more in. At that point the floodgates were open. What followed was a hit batter, another pitching change, a pop to left-center the fielders could not see, another throw-away at the plate for two more runs, two RBI-base hits, a walk, two fielder’s choices, another walk, another hit batter, a dropped ball in left for two more runs, and another walk before the final out was made unassisted at first base.
Josh Massey pitched two thirds of the inning and gave up six unearned runs. Colby Robbins came in to put out the fire and only gave up one hit and no runs in 3 1/3 while fanning four.
Rock Hill 15,
South Pointe 4
Cody Edkins. Ethan Hinson, Wade Hopper, Josh Massey, and Colby Robbins. WP - Edkins. LP - Hinson. 2B - Edkins (RH), Massey (SP). 3B - Hopper (SP). Records: Rock Hill 7-4, 4-1 Region 3-AAAA; South Pointe 5-5, 2-3.