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Rutland edges Northside; Veterans sweeps doubleheader

In two games, both against Americus-Sumter, Northside had put 29 runs on the board and had posted two no-hitters – winning 19-0, 10-0.

Rutland slowed that momentum a bit Monday at the home of the Eagles with a 7-6 win.

Northside, while out-hitting its visitor 7-6, did get out front and stayed there until late. It scored three runs in the first. (That was after dodging three walks at the top of the inning.) Javier Rodriguez, who was 2-3 with two walks, got his first – free pass – to start things off.

He stole second, made it to third on Dylan Franks’ ground ball – Franks was 0-3 – and scored on Hunter Price’s single. Price was 1-3 with two runs driven in. Mitchell Upshaw was then hit by a pitch – and was replaced by courtesy runner Dylan Willingham – and Cameron Staten walked. Seth Watson then singled to bring home.

Rutland began its rally in the fourth. It scored two runs that inning and then took the lead with five in the fifth.

Northside cut it to one with three in the sixth – starting the inning with a pair of walks sandwiching two singles. The first three loaded the bases and the last – walk – brought in one. A sacrifice fly and ground out brought home the other two. The Eagles did have the tying run on second with two outs, but just couldn’t get him home.

Seth Watson was also 1-4 with two RBIs for Northside whereas Aubrey Merritt provided a good portion of the offense for the Canes. He was 2-3 with a walk and five RBIs.

Tyler Wilson took the loss. He relieved Dylan Franks with an out gone in the fourth. Franks had not given up a hit but had hit two, walked six and given up two runs. Wilson gave up four hits, five runs, did strike out eight, but walked two.


Elsewhere, Veterans earned two wins at Howard – as part of the Howard Diamond Days. The Warhawks beat the host 11-6 to start and then Crisp County 5-2 in the second game.

Veterans scored two in the first. Howard tied it with two in the third. The Warhawks answered that with two more to go back out in front.

The Huskies again took the lead with four in the fourth but Veterans went out front for good with five in answer. It then added two insurance runs in the fifth.

It was out-hit 8-6. A.J. Simpson had three of those hits in four at bats. He drove in two and scored one. Jackson Williams also earned two RBI with one hit in two at bats – he also scored three times – and Mark Lauritsen was 1-2 with two walks, two RBIs and one run scored.

Against Crisp County, Veterans led 1-0 after one. The Cougars went out front with two in the third but the Warhawks took the lead back for good with three in the bottom half of the inning. They added an insurance run in the fourth while out-hitting Crisp 8-5.

Clifford Pless was 3-3 with an RBI and run scored to help pace the offense. Jacob Pierce was also 2-4 with two scored and Lauritsen added another RBI to his total while going 1-3.

Blake Ethridge earned the win with five innings of work. He gave up five hits, the two runs, while striking out three and walking two.

Veterans also improved to 3-2 at the end of the day.

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