Fast start gives RHS 10-4 win over Parkview.
A fast start allowed the Rolla High School baseball team to keep on winning Friday.
Bolting to a 7-2 lead after three innings the Bulldogs went on to stop Springfield Parkview 10-4 Friday in Ozark Conference play on the FCNB Field at the Bray Sports Complex.
Rolla improves to 15-9 overall and 5-3 in the league.
It was RHS Senior night for the four Bulldog seniors - Bryan Peach, Matt Claypool, Alex Remillard and Seth Stevens.
The Bulldogs are slated to end their league schedule Tuesday, hosting Springfield Hillcrest at 4:30 p.m.
On Wednesday Rolla is scheduled to play at Linn in a late-season addition and on Thursday RHS is to end the regular season with a game at Salem.
Rolla won for the fifth time in its last six games on Friday.
The Parkview Vikings actually struck first, plating two runs in the top of the first inning.
However, the Bulldogs reeled off eight unanswered runs to take control.
Parkview tallied a single run in the top of the fifth and Rolla countered with two more in the bottom half. The Vikings added one more run in the sixth.
In the Bulldog first Stevens belted a two-out triple to centerfield and scored on a RBI single from junior Collin Nash.
Rolla got three in the second as Claypool reached on an error, Stevens singled and a wild pitch moved up both runners. Junior Cameron Clayton hit an RBI groundout followed by a RBI single from Remillard. After junior Andy Satulla singled and stole second base, Peach added an RBI single.
The Bulldogs got three more in the third, as Nash was hit by a pitch and junior Dalton Turner and Claypool both singled to load the bases. Stevens had a run-scoring groundout. Clayton hit a shot back to the pitcher, scoring a run and Remillard reached on an error.
RHS got one in the fourth when Peach was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Nash’s RBI double.
Rolla tacked on two more runs in the fifth, as Remillard singled, Satulla walked and, after Peach moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt, Stevens slugged a two-run single.
Stevens, Nash, Turner and Remillard all had two hits for the Bulldogs, who outhit Parkview 12-7.
Stevens also went the distance on the mound, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and three walks while fanning four.
“Our four seniors all played major roles,” said RHS head coach Karl Odenwald. “Overall it was a good win for us. We have been playing well lately and I attribute that to playing solid defense.
“We’ve won five of six games the last two weeks and we need to continue to build on that momentum. We’re playing as solid a defense as we have all season; and we’re starting to swing the bats.”
After falling behind 5-0 in the top of the first inning, the Rolla junior varsity team erupted for seven runs in the bottom half of the first and went on to win 9-6.
Freshman Zach Studdard was the winning pitcher for the Rolla jayvee squad. Freshmen Hunter House and Trey Sinnott led the hitting attack for the Bulldog jayvees.