It was a terrible start but a nice finish for the Rolla High School baseball team, as the Bulldogs rallied for a 12-9 Ozark Conference victory over the Camdenton Lakers Tuesday on the FCNB Field at the Bray Sports Complex.
Rolla improves to 7-8 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
Things didn't start out well for the RHS Bulldogs as Camdenton erupted for five runs in the top of the first inning.
That lead didn't last long, however, as the Bulldogs tied it up 5-5 in the bottom of the second inning.
Rolla then took a 8-5 lead with three runs in the third inning.
The Lakers closed the gap to 8-7 with a pair of runs in the fourth inning.
After a scoreless fifth, Camdenton tied the game 8-8 with a run in the sixth.
RHS took the lead for good with four runs in the sixth. With senior Zach Lewis on third base, senior Michael Pickrell popped up in the infield. The first baseman, catcher and pitcher converged on the ball, and with no one covering the plate Lewis sprinted home to give the Bulldogs a 9-8 edge.
Camdenton plated a run in the top of the seventh.
"We got down early and it would have been easy to give up," said RHS head coach Karl Odenwald. "But credit our kids for remaining level-headed and staying focused and realizing there was 6 1/2 innings left after getting down 5-0."
Everybody contributed to the Bulldog offense, which only produced six hits but took advantage of several Laker miscues.
Senior Hayden Nielsen went 2-for-4 with four RBI for the Bulldogs while junior Seth Stevens as 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
Also for RHS sophomore Collin Nash scored three runs; senior David Roberts scored twice; junior Bryan Peach and sophomore Andy Satulla each had a hit and run; Michael Pickrell had a run scored and RBI; senior John Malloch had an RBI, and Lewis scored the game-winner.
Sophomore Jake Stephens was the starting pitcher for Rolla, allowing three earned runs. He was relieved by junior Tristin Brown, who worked four innings and allowed one hit, one walk and two runs. Sophomore Mason Pickrell picked up the win in relief, allowing one run in 1 1/3 innings. Sophomore Dalton Turner got the final two outs for RHS.
In the junior varsity game Camdenton scored six runs in the first inning and held on to win 10-9.
Yesterday Rolla was to have hosted Jefferson City High in a game originally scheduled to be held in Jefferson City but moved due to field conditions.
Rolla is to compete in the Houston JV Tournament, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.