Bulldogs beat Hillcrest 4-0; fall to Salem, 9-4.
The Rolla High School baseball team ended its regular season by splitting a varsity doubleheader Thursday on FCNB Field at the Bray Sports Complex.
In Game 1 Rolla shut out Springfield Hillcrest 4-0 in a Ozark Conference makeup contest. And in the nightcap the Bulldogs lost to non-league foe Salem 9-4. No junior varsity games were held.
The RHS Bulldogs end their season 16-10 overall and - after a 0-2 start - completed their OC schedule at 6-3.
Rolla is seeded second for next week’s Missouri Class 5 District 10 Tournament, to be held at Springfield Glendale High School.
RHS is scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Monday in the semifinals against the winner of the third-seeded Glendale/sixth-seeded Springfield Central first-round winner.
The district championship game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Rolla 4, Hillcrest 0
Rolla junior right-hander Mason Pickrell fired a seven-inning shutout for the Bulldogs, scattering five hits and two walks while fanning two.
RHS got what ended up being the only run it needed in the bottom of the first inning, as junior Andy Satulla doubled and scored on senior Seth Stevens’ RBI single.
The Bulldogs added three insurance runs in the third, as senior Alex Remillard and senior Bryan Peach both walked ahead of a Stevens’ RBI single and a two-out, two-run double from junior Dalton Turner.
Stevens and Turner each had two hits and two RBI to pace the RHS offensive attack.
Salem 9, Rolla 4
With the district tournament looming, Rolla used four different pitchers in tuneup outings.
Stevens, likely to get the first-round district starting nod on the mound Monday, turned in three scoreless innings to start Thursday’s game against the Salem Tigers, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out three.
He was relieved by junior Jake Stephens, who was hit hard for the loss. Salem struck for nine runs on five hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings against Stephens.
Junior lefty Sean Etherton pitched one-third of an inning and Turner finished up with two innings of hitless pitching.
Rolla led 1-0 after three innings, getting its run in the first when Satulla walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Collin Nash.
Salem erupted for five runs in the top of the fourth and pulled away with four more in the fifth.
The Bulldogs added solo runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
In the Rolla fourth senior Matt Claypool walked and later scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Brad Lohr. In the sixth Rolla junior Cameron Clayton reached on an error and came home on Remillard’s RBI double. And in the seventh Nash reached on an error and scored on an error off a ball hit by Turner.
Peach, Clayton and Remillard had the lone hits for the Bulldogs, who were outhit by the Tigers 9-3.
Triston Dubois had three hits to lead the Tiger attack while Kory Ramsey was the winning pitcher.
RHS head coach Karl Odenwald feels the Bulldogs are rounding into form as district time approaches.
“The last half of April and so far in May we’ve played well,” Odenwald said. “We’re playing better defensively and not making errors as frequently. And at the plate we’ve steadily improved.
“Pitching and defense have propelled us to this little streak we’re on. We’ve put ourselves in good position to compete for a district championship.”