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Baseball: Rams out of luck in thriller
Baseball: Rams out of luck in thriller

Another thrilling Tuesday night game turned into a 5-4 disappointment for the Rockingham Rams after things just didn’t go their way.

Import pitcher Jacob Clem was given the task of taming a strong Morley Eagles line-up on the mound and after letting a run cross in the first, he settled behind some great defence to blank the Eagles for the next four frames.

The Rams were able to take back the lead in the third after Tyler Keeping drove in two runs from a single to centrefield.

Then Rams import Troy Scott ripped a run batter in triple to the wall and theRams broke out to a 4-1 lead.

In the sixth innings, Morley were able to cut the lead back to 4-3 before Clem was replaced on the mound by Benn Grice.

Grice was dominant, shutting down the Morley hitters until the ninth.

The Rams still had a 4-3 lead at the bottom of the ninth, but with two out and a tying run at third, Grice was able to get the infield ground ball only to see the one-hop throw deflect off the first baseman’s glove, allowing Morley to send the game to an extra innings.

The Rams threatened in the top of the 10th with a runner at third and one out, but were unable to drive the run home.

In the bottom of the 10th a flare single to shallow left scored a Morley runner from second to give them the 5-4 walk-off win.

Sunday’s game was a match-up from last week’s Tuesday night fixture against the Gosnells Hawks.

The Rams came to play, scoring eight runs by the third innings, thanks to hits from Lee Darracott, Grice and Keeping.

A solo home run to Scott made it a 9-0 lead by the fifth innings and another two runs in the sixth saw the Rams able to cruise to an 11-0 mercy rule win.

Grice backed up his efforts with the bat on the mound, shutting down Gosnells and throwing fewer than 80 pitches for his seven innings of work.

The reserves game also ended in a mercy rule win to the Rams after Gosnells Hawks struggled to find pitchers to throw strikes.

Five consecutive walks started the game and helped the Rams score three in the first before Michael Wildman was given the job of protecting the lead on the mound.

In just his second start after a few years away from the game, Wildman was able to get the ground-ball outs and his field was able to help him out.

With the bat, the Rams continued to score runs as the game ended early with a 16-3 mercy rule win.

The colts were competitive through the first half of the game before some errors in the field helped Gosnells break out to a healthy lead when they scored seven runs in the fourth innings.

Pitcher Jack Barnes did all he could to keep his side in the game, but the errors in the field made the task too difficult.

Best with the bat was Brandon Burt who had the Rams’ only two hits including a ground rule double. Gosnells won 14-5.

Single A lost 10-4, C-Grade lost their game to Kenwick 11-5, while D-Gade thrashed Kenwick 32-0.

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