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home : sports : sports May 24, 2016

4/9/2013 2:58:00 PM
Maroons roll past Lawrenceville, 8-3
Sports Editor

A much better effort on the field resulted in a much-needed win for Robinson High School's baseball team Thursday.

Following a pair of disappointing performances in losses earlier this week, the Maroons put together a solid effort in an 8-3 win over visiting Lawrenceville in Little Illini Conference play.

"We played better and we hit the ball better," RHS head coach Scott Albright said. "But, we still have a lot of room for improvement."

Early on, it looked to be a pitcher's duel, as neither team was able to score over the first three innings. Robinson finally broke the ice in the bottom of the fourth, when Logan Johnson's two-out single plated Blake Hale to give the Maroons a 1-0 lead.

Lawrenceville answered with two runs in the top of the fifth to take a 2-1 lead, but Robinson responded with a seven-run outburst in the bottom of the inning to take control.

Bucky Stevens started the rally with a walk, then Austin Weck reached on a bunt single. Michael Elliott delivered a single to plate pinch-runner Tristen Murphy to even the score at 2-2. After a walk to Gunther VanWinkle loaded the bases, Hale followed with a run-scoring single to give Robinson a 3-2 lead. Two batters later, Landen Hoagland drew a walk to force in a run, then VanWinkle scored on a wild pitch to make the score 5-2. A walk to Colton Williamson reloaded the bases, setting up the big blow by Stevens, a three-run double to extend the RHS advantage to 8-2.

Lawrenceville would plate a run in the top of the seventh, but could get no closer.

Stevens led the RHS offense with two doubles and three runs batted in, while Hale singled twice, scored two runs and knocked in a run. Weck posted two hits and a run scored, Hoagland and Elliott each had a base hit, a run batted in and a run scored, Johnson singled and knocked in a run, VanWinkle singled and scored a run and Williamson and Murphy each scored a run.

"Blake and Bucky led us at the plate," Albright said. "Austin Weck did a good job, too. Once he learns to put the ball on the ground and use his speed, he will be an asset for us."

Hoagland earned the win on the mound, allowing two runs on four hits in five and two-thirds innings. He also walked five and struck out eight. Rex Grissom finished up on the mound, giving up a run on two hits while striking out one in one and one-third innings.

"Landen did a good job on the mound," Albright said. "He just needs to pitch from ahead - it will keep his pitch count down. Rex came in a did a good job in relief."

While he was happy with the win, Albright was equally as excited that his roster got a little deeper.

"Today we got Rex and Bucky back from injury, so that will open up some options for us," Albright said. "We can be happy with the win for awhile, but then it's back to work vs. Effingham St. Anthony."

At Robinson

Lawrenceville 000 020 1 - 3 6 1

Robinson 000 170 x - 8 10 0

WP - Landen Hoagland 5.2IP, 2R, 2ER, 4H, 5BB, 8K; Rex Grissom 1.1IP, 1R, 1ER, 2H, 0BB, 1K. LP - Braxton Blagrave 4IP, 6R, 6ER, 9H, 2BB, 1K; Thomas Mahrenholz 1IP, 2R, 2ER, 1H, 2BB, 1K; Cody Steffey 1IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 1K. 2B - Stevens (R) 2.

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