Roane County raps ’Jackets

WILLIAMSTOWN – After falling behind 2-0 after an inning, visiting Roane County scored the next nine runs – six in the second and three more in the third – en route to a 10-3 baseball win over Williamstown Friday afternoon.

Roane improved to 3-4 with the victory, while the host Yellowjackets are now 3-1 after losing their first game of the season.

After Williamstown put up a 2-spot in its initial at-bat on an RBI single by Reece Westfall and a run-scoring wild pitch, the Raiders got right back decisively in the second stanza against ‘Jacket hurler Landon Travis.

Back-to-back singles by Mac Linkinogger and Jake Nichols were followed by a two-run double by Gabe Bowen to knot the score at 2-2. But Roane was just getting started.

Another single off the bat of Brandon May and consecutive RBI infield singles by Drew Kinder and Hunter Thompson propelled the Raiders ahead to stay at 4-2.

A delayed double steal plated run No. 5 in the inning and Stan Kinder added an RBI single – still with no outs – before Williamstown head coach Terry Smith headed to the mound to replace Travis.

In the third, Roane’s three tallies that made it a 9-2 game came on an error, a groundout by Thompson and a sacrifice fly by Stan Kinder.

The Raiders stifled Williamstown comeback tries in the fourth and fifth on a double play and a pickoff at first base respectively.

The margin reached 10-2 in the top of the seventh on an RBI groundout by Thompson before the Yellowjackets made the final margin a seven-run spread with a run on an error in the bottom of the seventh.

“The main thing today is that we walked seven people, and there’s just no defense for walks,” said Smith. “If our guys will throw strikes, then we might have a chance.

“But they (Roane) hit the heck out of the ball a few times early. You’ve got to give them credit – they pitch and play good defense.”

Roane head coach Jeff Thompson was “really proud of the way our guys showed up and played today, because we’re going through a lot of growing pains.

“We got in a hole early, but hung in there. Our pitcher pitched his way out of several jams and I think we had only guy in our lineup who didn’t have a hit. So it was a big team effort.”