The AAA fields were alive with the first full week of games last week.
Riverbandits take one from Scrappers
The Riverbandits played the Scrappers in AAA action and walked away with a close 7-5 win.
In the top of the first, Keyton Foster singled to get the Scrappers defense going. Foster stole second and moved to third on a single by Cooper Castleberry. Press Nolen drew a walk to load the bases for the Scrappers. Foster and Castleberry scored before three consecutive outs were made. Jason Stewart had a one-out single to get things going for the Riverbandits in the bottom of the frame. Luke Thomas reached safely with two outs before Landon Cornelius singled to score Stewart. Noah McCormick was issued a free pass. Thomas and Cornelius crossed the plate before the third out ended the inning. After one complete inning, the Riverbandits had a 3-2 lead.
In the top of the second, Riley Farris had a leadoff single for the Scrappers. Farris moved to third, and with two outs, Rathan Barnes drew a walk. A strikeout left runners one the corners for the Scrappers. Kaden Johnson had a one-out single for the Riverbandits in their half of the inning. With two outs, Tyler Stevens singled and scored Johnson. Going into the third inning, the Riverbandits led 4-2.
The Scrappers went down one, two, three in the third. Jason Stewart was issued a one-out walk for the Riverbandits in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Luke Thomas tripled, but was left stranded at third when a strikeout ended the inning.
The Scrappers were retired in order in the fourth. Landon Cornelius singled to get the Riverbandits defense started. Cornelius stole his way home before three consecutive outs ended the frame. After four complete innings, the Riverbandits led 4-2.
In the fifth and final inning, back-to-back walks by Riley Farris and Braiden Chafin started things off for the Scrappers. With one out, Rathan Barnes doubled home Farris and Chafin. With two outs, Keyton Foster was issued a walk. Cooper Castleberry doubled to score Barnes for the Scrappers final run of the game. A one-out double by Teddy Skinner got the Riverbandits offense started. Skinner moved to second on a passed ball, followed by a single by Tyler Stevens. With two outs, Riley Adkison tripled home Skinner and Stevens to pick up the win for the Riverbandits.
Rockhounds take 9-3 win over Riverbandits
The Rockhounds faced the Riverbandits and picked up a 9-3 win in AAA action.
In the top of the first, walks to Mason Wood, Landen Gammons and Cody Byrd loaded the bases for the Rockhounds. Gage Neal scored Wood when he drew a walk to pick up a cheap RBI. Landon Barber’s single brought Gammons home and reloaded the bases. Makylan Menchion was issued a one-out walk that scored Cody Byrd. With two outs, Joshua Redmon walked in Neal to add an RBI to his stats. Aidan Byrd joined the cheap RBI parade when he also had a walk that scored Menchion, before a strikeout ending the inning. The Riverbandits were retired in order in their half of the frame. Going into the second inning, the Rockhounds had a 6-0 lead.
Taylor Jernigan drew a walk to get things started for the Rockhounds in the second inning. With one out, Jernigan was out going for second. With two outs, Landen Gammons stood tough and took one for the team, but was out trying to steal second. Luke Thomas had a leadoff single for the Riverbandits in their half of the frame. Mason Lewis was issued a walk that moved Thomas to second. Lewis was out going to second. Thomas crossed the plate before back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning. After two complete innings, the Rockhounds led 6-1.
Cody Byrd got the crowd on their feet when he had a leadoff HOMERUN for the Rockhounds in the third. Gage Neal drew a walk, but was out on an attempted steal of second. Back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning for the Rockhounds. The only offense for the Riverbandits in the third was a one-out walk to Wyatt Oliver. Heading into the fourth inning, the Rockhounds led 7-1.
With one out, Ethan Burt and Joshua Redmon were issued back-to-back walks for the Rockhounds in the top of the fourth. Aidan Byrd reached safely to load the bases for his team. With two outs, Taylor Jernigan drew a walk and scored Burt. Redmon scored before the final out was made. Riley Adkison had a leadoff single for the Riverbandits in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Landon Cornelius reached safely. Luke Thomas tripled home Adkison and Cornelius. Thomas was out on an attempted steal of home and with two outs, Mason Lewis was issued a free pass. A strikeout ended the inning and the game with the Rockhounds picking up the win.
Rockhounds deal Redwings a loss
The Rockhounds took on the Redwings at Optimist Park and picked up the 9-4 win.
In the top of the first, Mason Wood, Landen Gammons and Cody Byrd drew walks to get things started for the Rockhounds. Wood was out on an attempted steal of home. With one out Landon Barber was issued a free pass to reload the bases for the Rockhounds. A walk to Gage Neal scored Gammons and added an RBI to his stats. Cody Byrd was out heading for home. With two outs, JoJo Saffold also drew a walk that brought Barber home. Ethan Burt picked a cheap RBI scoring Neal when he was issued a free pass by way of a walk before a strikeout ended the inning. A single By Aiden Smith was the only offense for the Redwings in the bottom of the first. Going into the second inning, the Rockhounds led 3-0.
With one out, Jaedon Nichols, Makylan Menchion and Aidan Byrd were all issued walks to load the bases for the Rockhounds in the second. With two outs, Mason Wood walked in Nichols for the first run of the inning. Landen Gammons was issued a walk that brought Menchion home. Cody Byrd doubled home Aidan Byrd and Mason Wood. Gammons crossed the plate before a strikeout ended the inning. In the bottom of the frame and with two outs, Branden Spooner reached on an error and stole second for the Riverbandits. A strikeout ended the inning with Spooner left stranded at second. After two complete innings, the Rockhounds led 8-0.
Gage Neal and JoJo Saffold were issued back-to-back walks to get the Rockhounds offense started in the third inning. With one out, Joshua Redmon took one for the team to load the bases. With two outs, Gage Neal was out trying to steal home. The Redwings were three up, three down in the third.
With one out, Makylan Menchion reached on an error for the Rockhounds in the fourth. Mechion stole his way around the bases to score his team’s only run before back-to-back outs ended the inning. Cole Shelton was hit by a pitch to leadoff for the Redwings in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Aiden Smith got the crowd on their feet when he had a two-run HOMERUN to pick up two RBIs. Back-to-back walks to Trenton Bragg and Eli Mercer put runners at first and second. Bragg stole his way home, with Bryce Mitchell singling home Mercer. Back-to-back strikeouts ended the game with the Rockhounds picking up the win.
Rockhounds and Sneads battle on the diamond
The Rockhounds hosted Sneads in their first week of regular season ball and walked away with a 12-1 win. Cody Byrd started on the mound for the Rockhounds, went one inning before giving way to Gage Neal who closed out the game.
Hits were slim for the visiting Sneads team with A. J. Hamilton picking up the only hit of the game. Donnie Green took one for the team to round out the Sneads offense.
For the Rockhounds Gage Neal, Landen Gammons, Aidan Byrd, Landon Barber, Cody Byrd and Jo Jo Saffold all reached base safely twice and scored two runs each. Scoring one run was Taylor Jernigan. Joshua Redmon reached safely in the first inning and made his way to third
Rockhounds win over Riverbandits
After one week of play, it seems the Rockhounds are the team to beat. After winning earlier in the week, they made it two in a row for the regular season with a 9-2 win over the Riverbandits. Luke Thomas got the starting nod for the Riverbandits with Riley Adkison coming on to close out the game. For the Rockhounds, it was Landen Gammons going the distance and picking up the win.
For the Riverbandits, it was Luke Thomas with two hits and one run scored, With Riley Adkison and Landon Cornelius both singling and scoring one run each. Mason Lewis had a single and a walk with Wyatt Oliver drawing a walk.
For the Rockhounds, runs and hits were plentiful. Cody Byrd led the team with two hits and two runs scored, followed by Mason Wood, Landen Gammons, Gage Neal, Landon Barber, Makylan Menchion and Ethan Burke all reached base and scored a run. Gammons added another hit to his stats without scoring, while Joshua Redmon and Aiden Byrd had a pair of his each. Taylor Jernigan was issued a pair of walks on the night.