For the first time in Jason Swearingen’s tenure as head coach, the Bulldogs received votes in the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association poll which was released recently.


However, the Bulldogs haven’t let it go to their heads, as they crushed Southern Boone County (SBC) 11-3 and Moberly 13-3 on the first day of the Fulton Tournament Monday.


For the first time in Jason Swearingen’s tenure as head coach, the Bulldogs received votes in the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association poll which was released recently.

However, the Bulldogs haven’t let it go to their heads, as they crushed Southern Boone County (SBC) 11-3 and Moberly 13-3 on the first day of the Fulton Tournament Monday.

With the victories, Rolla advances to the championship game set for Friday at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs will play the winner of the other side of the bracket which includes host Fulton, Mexico, Paulville, and South Calloway. Those four were slated to play Tuesday.

“We came out swinging the bats well. I was a little worried because we had a six-day layoff, but we picked up right where we left off,” Swearingen said.

William Morrison was one of the big stars of the day for Rolla, as the senior had a home run in each game and was also the winning pitcher in the second contest. He combined to go 4-for-5 at the plate with four runs and seven RBIs.

RHS has now won 10 straight games and is 15-2 overall. The Bulldogs received the most votes of any Class 4 team not ranked in the Top 10 by the aforementioned poll. Their only losses have come to Lebanon, who is ranked No. 7, and Kickapoo.

“It’s good for the program. It’s nice that other coaches are taking notice of the hard work we are putting in and the success we are having,” said Swearingen. “But, polls are for fans and games are for kids. We’ll see how it all works out down the stretch.”

RHS 11, SBC 3

It did not take long for the bats to heat up in the opener Tuesday.
In the top of the first, Tyler Sinnott started a two-out rally with a double. Morrison followed with a triple, plating Sinnott. Ross Parker capped off the inning with an RBI-single.

SBC cut its deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning, but Rolla pulled away for good in the top of the second with five more runs. Cameron Fore started the rally with a single. Jeff Brown connected for the second Rolla triple of the game, driving in Fore. Brown then scored on an RBI-groundout by Daniel Perdue. After Dalton Friend doubled and Sinnott reached on an error, Morrison blasted a 3-run home run to right to make the score 7-1.

In the third, Rolla added another run when Andy Hall reached on a walk and scored on an RBI-single by Fore.

Both teams went scoreless for the middle three innings before Rolla scored three times in the seventh. Hall was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Fore. Jeff Brown followed with an RBI-single and Daniel Perdue an RBI-groundout.
SBC scored two runs in the bottom of the inning for the final result.

Junior Chris Bowe was the starting pitcher and moved to 6-0 with the win. He allowed one unearned run on three hits and three walks in five innings of work. He struck out five.

“It took Chris a little while to get going, but he recovered well and pitched five solid innings,” Swearingen said.

Josh Stephens pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs on two hits. He struck out two.

RHS 13, Moberly 3

Rolla actually fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first in the second game, but it was just as unsuspenseful. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the bottom of the inning and eight more times in the second to run away with it.

Morrison, Rolla’s starting pitcher, was pulled after two innings to save him for use today and the Bulldogs won the game by the 10-run rule in the fifth.

In the first, Perdue led off with a double off the left field wall. Friend made it back-to-back doubles, plating Perdue. Morrison capped the inning with a home run to left center.

In the second, Rolla loaded the bases with singles by Bowe, Seth McWilliams, and Perdue. Friend followed with a double, driving in two. Sinnott reached on an error by the short stop, scoring Perdue.

After William Morrison also reached on an error to reload the bases, Parker singled in two more runs. Fore, acting as Morrison’s courtesy runner, also scored on the play thanks to yet another Moberly error. Bowe followed with an RBI-single. After Brown singled, McWilliams capped off the inning with an RBI-single.

Moberly cut its deficit to 11-3 with two runs in the top of the fifth, but two runs by Rolla in the bottom of the frame ended the game. Perdue was hit by a pitch, but was forced out at second on a fielder’s choice by Sinnott. After a Morrison walk, Parker singled to load the bases. Hall then plated two runners with a grounder to second that was booted by the second baseman.

Marston and Parker pitched in relief of Morrison.

“I was glad to get the bullpen some work, and I thought they had a really good day,” Swearingen said.

Wrapping up

Rolla returns to action with a doubleheader in Springfield today. The Bulldogs will play Glendale first in a key district game. The Falcons recently lost 9-6 to Lebanon, and therefore this game may end up deciding who gets the other bye in the district tournament. Friend is slated to start.

Rolla will then play Parkview in a contest that was supposed to be played in Rolla, but has already been postponed twice due to rain. Morrison is scheduled to start.
The junior varsity will do the opposite, playing the Vikings first and Glendale second.