The Carolina Rockies held their playoff destiny in their own hands today, with a 11-7 win over HWS Garages to secure the sixth seed in next week’s playoffs.
After a sluggish start that led to seven early runs scored by HWS Garages, starting pitcher Jim McVitty (2-4) combined with Danny Sapp to shut down the HWS Garages’ offense for four innings, allowing only three hits.
Down 7-6 in the home half of the 5th inning, the Rockies scored five runs that began with consecutive hits by Everardo Guitierrez and Danny Sapp. Luis Lozano drove in a run on a sacrifice fly that was followed by hits from Jeff Pate and Jim McVitty. David McKnight capped the scoring with a double to drive in two runs.
The Rockies (3-8), with sixth place secured, will face the third seed Raleigh Rebels in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday at Heritage High School. Game time is 3:00 PM.
Rebels win in a walkoff
The game was tied at three with Raleigh Rebels batting in the bottom of the seventh when a couple of hits and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out. Vince Strickland hit a slow roller down the third-base line that allowed Joey Sogluizzo to score the winning run.
The Red Sox fired up the offense in the second inning when Brett Woodsen drove in Tim Ryan. Dave Swoveland and Slade Barnett scored in the third for the Sox.
Joey Sogluizzo started on the hill for the Rebels. He surrendered three runs on four hits over five innings, striking out three and walking one. Felix Rosado picked up the win throwing the final two scoreless innings.
The Rebels collected nine hits on the day. Mark Watson and Rob Appel each racked up multiple hits.
Six RBI Day For Damon Herbert Seals The Deal In Raleigh Rebels’s Victory Over HWS Garages
Damon Herbert showed timely hitting on Saturday, driving in six on three hits to lead Raleigh Rebels past HWS Garages 18-1 on Saturday. Herbert drove in runs on a grand slam in the second, a single in the fourth, and a single in the sixth.
An early lead helped propel the Rebels to victory. Raleigh Rebels scored on an error in the first inning, a groundout by Vince Strickland, a double by Felix Rosado. The Rebels notched five runs in the second inning on a single by David Truffelman and a grand slam by Herbert.
Joey Sogluizzo pitched the Rebels to victory. He surrendered one run on four hits over six innings, striking out four and walking one. Mark Watson threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Charlie Sikes took the loss for HWS Garages. He surrendered nine runs on six hits over one and one-third innings.
The Rebels tallied 19 hits in the game. Sogluizzo, Herbert, Rosado, and Strickland all managed multiple hits. Sogluizzo went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead Raleigh Rebels in hits. Raleigh Rebels didn’t commit a single error in the field.
Doug Hammond led HWS Garages with two hits in two at bats.
Rebels Grab Lead In Sixth Inning To Defeat Mets
The Raleigh Rebels snagged a late lead and defeated the Mets 2-1 in the early game on Saturday. The game was tied at one with the Rebels batting in the bottom of the sixth when Phil Buckley singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring the go-ahead run.
The pitching was strong on both sides. Damon Herbert struck out 11, while Larry Bowstring sat down two.
The Rebels fired up the offense in the first inning when Paul Williams led off the game with a double and Bradley McKenzie knocked him in scoring the first run. The Mets knotted the game up at one in the top of the third inning. Angel Casiano drove in Jason Olsen when he singled up the middle.
Herbert got the win for Raleigh Rebels. He pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and one run while striking out 11 and walking zero.
Bowstring took the loss for Mets. He allowed five hits and two runs over six innings, striking out two and walking zero.
Buckley, Paul Williams, McKenzie, Mitch Strobin, and Mark Watson each collected one hit for the Rebels. Bill Tallon led the Mets with two hits in three at bats.