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Seventeen runs will win a lot of baseball games. Putting a 17 on the scoreboard will even win quite a few football games.
But on a strange Tuesday evening in Rockwood, 17 runs didn’t even have the Tigers within striking distance as the Grace Christian Rams left Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex with a 30-17 victory over the Tigers.
Tuesday’s game was the second high scoring affair between the two teams in 24 hours as it was the Tigers winning at Grace Christian on Monday, 19-7.
With the split, the Rams hold on to the top spot in District 3-A, one game ahead of Rockwood.
Tuesday’s game started innocently enough as neither team put a run on the board in the first inning.
However, the fireworks started in the second inning as the Rams and Tigers combined for 13 runs with Rockwood holding a 7-6 lead at the end of the frame.
Singles from Tavin Napier, Jordan Breazeale, Matt Cofer, Christian Domon, Riley Clem and Jared Breazeale highlighted Rockwood’s seven-run inning.
Grace Christian scored the next 10 runs before Rockwood scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 16-8.
The Tigers would then use a two-run triple from Jared Breazeale and an RBI single from Napier to pull within 16-11 after five innings of play.
The fireworks picked back up in the sixth inning as the Rams scored five runs to take a 21-11 lead. Rockwood, however, answered with six runs in the bottom of the frame to stay close at 21-17.
A three-run double from Clem, a two-run double from Hayden Freels and an RBI single from Jared Breazeale accounted for Rockwood’s runs in the sixth.
The Rams regained the momentum in the top of the seventh inning as they scored seven runs to take a 30-17 lead. Rockwood couldn’t rally in the bottom of the frame, as Grace Christian held on to first place in District 3-A.
All nine starters put up solid numbers for Rockwood on the day with Hunter Grant (2-5, 1 RBI, 2 runs), Clem (2-5, 1 2B, 4 RBIs, 3 runs), Jared Breazeale (3-4, 1 3B, 3 RBIs, 3 runs), Napier (5-5, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Cofer (2-5, 1 RBI, 2 runs) and Domon (2-5, 1 RBI, 1 run) all having multiple hits.
Chase Newsome (4-6, 1 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 3 runs), David Stallworth (5-6, 1 2B, 2 RBIs, 5 runs), Chandler Adkins (4-6, 1 2B, 2 RBIs, 4 runs) and Josh Lifford (3-5, 3 2Bs, 3 RBIs, 4 runs) had three or more hits for the Rams on the day.
Rockwood will look to rebound Friday night when they travel to Bledsoe County.