Hickman pitching limits RHS to five hits.
The Rolla High School baseball team couldn’t do much with Columbia Hickman pitching on Monday.
Rolla was limited to just five hits in falling to the Hickman Kewpies 5-2 in non-conference action on FCNB Field at the Bray Sports Complex.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Bulldogs, now 13-9. Hickman improves to 12-10.
Hickman struck first in the top of the first inning with two runs. The Kewpies made it 5-0 with three more in the fourth frame.
RHS was held scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Bulldogs plated a pair.
In the Bulldog seventh senior Matt Claypool and junior Jake Stephens both singled ahead of a pinch-hit, RBI single from sophomore Brett Hoffman. Junior Andy Satulla delivered a two-out, RBI double before the Bulldog rally was ended.
RHS had just one hit - from junior Collin Nash - until the seventh.
Junior right-hander Mason Pickrell was the starting and losing pitcher for the Bulldogs, allowing five runs on eight hits, six walks while striking out four. Junior Brad Lohr finished up the seventh inning on the mound for RHS.
Hickman outhit Rolla 9-5.
“We had seven 1st-pitch outs for us,” said RHS head coach Karl Odenwald. “So we didn’t force their pitcher into many uncomfortable situations.
“It was a good game. We would have liked to have gotten that one; we just didn’t get enough hits.”
The Rolla junior varsity squad rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat Hickman 9-5. The Rolla jayvee squad erupted for eight runs in the third inning, with sophomore Carter Daniels knocking in the Bulldog go-ahead run with an RBI double.
Sophomore Chuck Whitson was the winning jayvee pitcher.
The Bulldogs were slated to host St. James Tuesday and are to host Springfield Parkview Friday in Ozark Conference action, starting at 4:30 p.m.