The Rams had a rough end to last week losing Friday and Saturday on the road, but Tuesday they got a big win at home against the Shoals JugRocks, scoring more runs than they did in the two losses combined.
On Friday they played a PLAC game against the Mitchell Bluejackets and were defeated 2-6. On Saturday the team took a loss to Brownstown, 3-17. But last night the Rams pulled a big win against the Shoals, 12-6.
Head Coach Jeremy Payton had a few things to say about the loss against Mitchell.
“We played a great game tonight. Bladen (Patton) was very efficient on the mound throwing strikes and our defense was solid. In the sixth they broke the game open with a couple timely hits and were able to close out the game with four runs,” said Payton.
Payton praises his boys for their effort even though it was not enough to come out with a win.
“Bladen, Trey (Rominger) both had two hits each and Carson (Little) had a hit and RBI. We missed a couple opportunities to score early to go up more than two runs but to their credit they made the plays to keep us from doing it. We were aggressive on the bases early which in turn made them make plays and they did,” said Payton.
The Rams had a total of 30 at bats with 12 strikeouts, nine hits, one walk, and only two runs.
Rominger, who pitched during both games, has a couple ways he can help out his team.
“I am working on my pitching and I also try to work out when I can to build my strength and speed,” said Rominger.
Payton saw promise in pitcher William Milner against the Brownstown Braves.
“Today we faced a really good hitting Brownstown team. William Milner started for us and pitched well, throwing strikes and they hit the ball well,” said Payton. “William also led us at the plate with a hit. We were able to manufacture three runs on the day which was good. It was an opportunity to work on a couple situations that we have practiced and we were successful,” said Payton.
The Rams had a total of 20 at bats with four strikeouts, three walks, one RBI, three hits, and again only three runs.
On Tuesday, the Rams had a big win to turn around their losing streak.
“Tonight we put together a nice night at the plate. We were led by Bladen Patton going three for five and scoring two runs for us. Payton Baker had a big two RBI hit for us in the third to give us the lead for good. Trey pitched well for him to get his first win of the season. We plan to continue to build on each game,” said Payton.
“It was pretty awesome even though I was pretty worn out. This was my first hit of the season. It was awesome to help out the team.”
The Rams will be back in action tomorrow against PLAC opponent Crawford County at Crawford starting at 5 p.m.
Story by Ashleigh Garcia