ROCKIES NOTCH FIRST WIN OVER RED SOX
Butner — The Carolina Rockies got their first win today, defeating the Raleigh Red Sox 14-7. Playing in temperatures approaching 100 degrees, the Rockies’ bats were similarly hot, pounding out twenty hits, including five doubles. Danny Sapp, Jim McVitty, and Jeff Pate led the offense with three hits each, with much of the lineup contributing, having thirteen RBIs spread across nine players. Five other Rockies had two hits each.
David McKnight (1-0) started the game pitching for the Rockies and had an impressive outing over four innings, giving up only two runs over two hits with no walks and five strikeouts to earn the win.
The Red Sox began the scoring in the first inning with Ron Daniel’s RBI single to score Dave “Slade” Barnett. The Rockies responded in the second by scoring three runs after McVitty led off with a double and scored on Javier Martines’ RBI single. Martines scored on a fielder’s choice by Don Carlson. David McKnight scored on a RBI ground out by Mike Brooks.
The Rockies added two runs in the third, one in the fourth, and then blew the game open in the fifth with five runs after four consecutive hits by Pate, Juan Lopez, McVitty, and Martines. The Rockies then added three runs in the sixth to make the score 14-2.
Not a team to lay down and die, the Red Sox roared back in the sixth, taking advantage of two defensive miscues and scored five runs on three consecutive hits, including a two RBI double by Brett Woodsen, but the Rockies’ lead was too great to overcome.