Russellville mustered the only offense it needed in the seventh inning to rally to a 2-1 win against Greenwood on Thursday in 7A/6A-Central baseball.
Russellville (7-6, 3-2 7A/6A-Central) managed just three hits through six innings against Tanner Cooper, but scored what it needed in the seventh inning against the Bulldogs (6-11, 3-3).
“Those are fun to me,” Russellville head coach Matt Long said. “I’m an old St. Louis Cardinal guy. I don’t recall any errors. I don’t recall but a couple of walks until the last inning. It was just a well-played game.”
Russellville’s clean-up hitter Andy Campbell belted his second homer of the week — aided by a stiff wind to dead left — to lead off the inning and tie the game.
“We played good defense and Cooper pitched really good except for one mistake,” Greenwood head coach Randy Gardner said. “It was to the wrong person on the wrong day. He got ahold of it and got it up in that jet stream. The pitch was supposed to be outside, but he got a swing on it.”
Andrew Elam and Austin Robinson walked and Garrett Freeman greeted Greenwood reliever Jake Herrel with another walk to load the bases. After a fielder’s choice ground ball forced an out at home, Chase Bicanosky, the nine-hole hitter, hit a two-strike fly ball to center that was deep enough to score Robinson for the lead.
Michael Nelson drove home Greenwood’s only run in the fourth inning with two outs with a single that scored Jake Freeman, who reached to begin the inning on a bunt single before stealing second.
Russellville starter Mark Moyer went the distance for the fifth time this season. He stranded seven Greenwood runners, including four in scoring position, and struck out 10.
“We didn’t finish the job,” Gardner said. “The biggest problem was we left too many runners on base. We had a lot more scoring opportunities that we squandered. We got somebody on base and move them over and then we’d strike out. I think we had six looking. Any strikeout looking is too many, but six is way too many.”