Seventh-inning rally pushes Millbrook past Rolesville, 3-2
Posted April 15
Raleigh, N.C. — Millbrook scored three runs in the seventh inning to stun Rolesville, 3-2, Friday evening in Raleigh at the 2017 Bobby Murray tournament.
Rolesville junior starting pitcher Ras Amon held the Wildcats hitless for 6 1/3 innings, but Millbrook junior Doug Bell finally broke through with a one-out blooper into right field to nix the near no-hitter.
Due to high school pitch count regulations, Amon – who tossed 107 pitches, striking out two batters and walking seven– was forced to leave with two outs in the inning and the bases loaded.
Rolesville junior reliever Spencer Hicks took over for Amon, and didn’t give up a hit, but allow three runs to come across home plate with two away in the seventh.
Bell crossed home plate for the Wildcats’ first run of the ballgame after passed ball, and Hicks allowed back-to-back walks to junior Gregory Strickland and senior Dominic Rodts to end the ballgame.
Millbrook manager Austin James said he was proud of his club for resisting against the tendency to be over aggressive at the plate in a tight situation.
“Our message was to be patient, and for nobody to be a hero,” James said. “We needed to string together a base runner at a time, and they did it. We could’ve had a guy up there wanting to drive in two runs who swings at a bad pitch, flies out and the game’s over.”
Rolesville was able to score one run apiece in the second and fourth innings, but Millbrook senior starting pitcher Cole Leneschmidt pitched a gem of his own Friday night to give the Wildcats a chance in the latter stages of the game.
Leneschmidt went toe-to-toe with Amon, throwing 103 pitches, striking out nine batters and walking three in seven innings of work.
“That was one of his best outings,” James said. “We’ve come to expect that from him every time he’s on the mound, but you can’t ask any more of a kid to give up one hit and throw like that.”
All five combined runs Friday night were scored on either a passed ball or infield throwing error. No batters recorded an RBI in the contest.
“A very unusual game. It was the first game I’ve coached like that,” James said. “I have to tip my hat to the guy that threw for them [Amon]. Without the pitch count he probably goes another inning, and it could be a completely different story.”
Millbrook will play host to West Johnston in the final day of the Bobby Murray tournament at 5 p.m., and Rolesville will take on Heritage at 2 p.m.