The Rockingham Rams were looking to string two State Baseball League wins together for the first time since they joined the top tier this season, and with some outstanding work on the mound, they got their wish.
They were up against the Gosnells Hawks at home on Sunday, and starting pitcher Jeff Wishart had the task of throwing strikes and trying to keep his pitch count down, given the Rams’ limited relief options.
Gosnells managed to break to a 2-0 lead, but not before Wishart was able to square it up with the bat when he hit a run batter-in double to left field in the fourth.
The Rams gained another run in the fifth and the scores remained at 3-2 for some time.
A pitching change for the Hawks helped break the shackles when back-to-back hits to Royce Eves, Troy Scott and Wishart saw the Rams get to a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh.
A controversial call in the top of the eighth inning saw Wishart later ejected from the game and the Rams ultimately having to turn to catcher Stuart Johnson to try to hold the now 5-3 lead.
Johnson was outstanding, allowing just one hit in his two innings of work, earning himself a save and the Rams a 5-3 win.
The AAA game was a close affair, with theRams breaking out late to earn a 6-3 win.
Ryan Pribicevich, in his first outing as starting pitcher for the season, was on song, continually throwing strikes.
This helped him throw a complete game win.
Remco Gorisee contributed with two hits, including a clutch RBI hit that came late in the game.
Trying to break into the top four, the Rams colts dropped an important game, going down to the Hawks 7-3.
A poor second innings saw the Hawks score four runs to break out to a 5-1 lead.
The Rams had their chances to level the game, but missed on every opportunity, eventually going down by four runs.
After jumping to a four-run lead, the Rams single A side were eventually overpowered by the Gosnells Hawks, going down 17-8.
The Rams D-Grade side had their first hiccup of the season with a 5-5 draw with second placed Peel.
The Rams travel to Inglewood Oval next week to take on top-ofthe-ladder Perth Mets.