The Roanoke Rapids High School Varsity Baseball team picked up a big road win Wednesday afternoon at Bertie High by a score of 9-3 in 8 innings.
The Jackets got the scoring started with two runs in the first inning. AJ Strickland doubled home Caleb Elias. Bennett Liverman then singled to score Jon Conner who was running for the pitcher Strickland.
Bertie responded with single runs in the 1st and 3rd innings to tie the game. Roanoke Rapids took a 3-2 lead in the 5th inning when Caleb Elias hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Josh Miller who had doubled earlier in the inning.
Bertie got a single run in the 6th inning to tie the game at 3.
The score would stay that way through 7 innings, so the teams headed to extras.
In the 8th inning the Yellow Jackets exploded for 6 runs to break open the game. Big hits in the inning were a double by Colin Long, a 2 RBI double from Wade Jenkins and an RBI single by Caleb Elias. The Yellow Jackets would hold Bertie scoreless in the 8th inning to preserve the 9-3 victory.
AJ Strickland started on the mound and picked up the win for the Yellow Jackets. Strickland pitched 7 innings and struck out 7 batters. Bennett Liverman would pitch a 1-2-3 8th inning to pick up the save.
Jackets Head Coach Mark Snead stated, "This was our most complete game of the year. We had strong pitching that was backed up by solid defense. We also took a better approach at the plate and were much more focused on offense. I am really proud of how our guys took what we worked on in practice yesterday and put it to use in the game."
With the win RRHS improves to 4-0 on the season.
The Yellow Jackets will start conference play next week when they host Granville Central on Tuesday afternoon. Game time will be 6pm.
RRHS Baseball 2020 Schedule
Date Opponent Location Team Time
Mon. 3/2 Bertie Win 6-3
Wed. 3/4 Rocky Mount Win 15-14
Mon. 3/9 Brunswick Academy Win 10-8
Wed. 3/11 Bertie Away Varsity Win 9-3
Thur. 3/12 DH Conley Away JV 5:00 PM
Tues. 3/17 Granville Central Home JV and V 4pm/6:30pm
Wed. 3/18 Brunswick Academy Home JV and V 4pm/6:30pm
Fri. 3/20 Granville Central Away JV and V 4pm/6:30pm
Tues. 3/24 Louisburg Away Varsity 6:00 PM
Fri. 3/27 Louisburg Home Varsity 6:00 PM
Tues. 3/31 South Granville Home Varsity 6:00 PM
Wed. 4/1 Southampton (VA) Home JV and V 4pm/6:30pm
Fri. 4/3 South Granville Away Varsity 6:00 PM
Sat. 4/11 Easter Tournament Away Varsity TBA
Mon. 4/13 Easter Tournament Away Varsity TBA
Tues. 4/14 Easter Tournament Away Varsity TBA
Tue. 4/21 JF Webb Away JV and V 4pm/6:30pm
Fri. 4/24 JF Webb Home JV and V 4pm/6:30pm
Tues. 4/28 Warren County Away Varsity 5:00 PM
Fri. 5/1 Warren County Home Varsity 6:00 PM
Tues. 5/5 Bunn Home JV and V 4pm/6:30pm
Thur. 5/7 Bunn Away JV and V 4pm/6:30pm