Updated Tue, Apr 8, 2014 10:14 pm
The Rio Grande bats exploded on Tuesday night, stomping Ohio-Lancaster with a 16-3 victory on the road. The RedStorm accumulated 10 hits against Ohio-Lancaster’s five, including two home runs that proved to be key.
Kirk Yates led the RedStorm’s offensive attack, going 3 for 4 with a home run, a double, as well as three RBIs and three runs.
“Yates had some big hits,” Rio Grande head coach Brad Warnimont said. “We work on taking the ball backside a lot, and he was able to do it twice with his double and homer.”
Lancaster started strong out of the gate, scoring all three of its runs with the top five in the batting lineup. Drew Wollenberg and Ben Kerr were both brought in on a double from Dalton McKee, who failed to stretch his double into a triple. The scoring halted there for Lancaster, and its bullpen could not do much to slow Rio’s offensive attack.
Of the RedStorm’s 16 runs, only half of them were actually earned. They scored four runs in each the fourth and sixth innings until they conceded eight in the last inning. Mitch Harding got the start for Lancaster and was replaced by Donson Bearth after 3 1/3 innings. Both pitchers were hurt by the four errors committed by their team, but the bullpen also combined to walk eight batters.
Kevin Arroyo was a big part of the win for Rio Grande, picking up 4 RBIs on just two hits.
“[Arroyo] got some timely hits,” Warnimont said. “Both of them were key, the first was when it was 3-2 and he gave us the 4-3 lead, and his second was the solo HR that put us ahead 11-3.”