Bucks win two of three games at USA Baseball Stadium | local sports

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Coach Lance Spigner and the Rich Mountain baseball team traveled to Millington, TN this past weekend for three games at the Babe Howard JUCO Jamboree held at USA Baseball Stadium.

Rich Mountain met Iowa Central Community College in their Friday game. The Bucks scored the game’s first point on top of the first, but never led again as Iowa Central took the 7-3 victory. Luke Rice led Rich Mountain offensively with 2 RBIs in the game.

Randy Little Jr. started on the mound pitching 3.1 innings, allowing three earned runs with six walks and two strikeouts. Outside the bullpen, Jackson Wells pitched 3.2 innings with 3 earned runs, 3 walks and four strikeouts. Cooper Perry pitched the final inning with an earned run, two walks and one strikeout.

On Saturday, the Bucks faced Southwest Tennessee Community College for the first time. Rich Mountain’s offense went hitless until the sixth inning, when Chase Webb hit a solo home run. The Bucks took a 3-1 lead in the seventh before Southwest Tennessee tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the frame. After a scoreless eighth, Casey Shipley fired the go-ahead for the Bucks in the top of the ninth, scoring Cole Clark and making it 4-3.

Keelan Hodge pitched scoreless in the bottom of the ninth to give Rich Mountain the 4-3 victory.

Drake Fontenot started and pitched 5.0 innings, allowing just one earned run on two walks with six strikeouts. In relief, Daegan Covington pitched 2.0 innings with two earned runs allowed on three walks. Hodge pitched the final two innings of the game and took the win, allowing no runs on any hits with a walk.

To conclude their weekend in Tennessee, the Bucks took the field against Rend Lake College for their second game on Saturday.

Rend Lake took a 2-0 lead early in the first, but the Bucks responded late in the second with three runs, to take a 3-2 lead.

Rich Mountain scored a single run in the fourth and fifth innings and won the game 5-3. Dan Taylor led the team with 2 RBIs that day.

Grant Shankle was Rich Mountain’s starter and winning pitcher. Shankle went 5.0 innings, allowing just two earned runs with four walks and five strikeouts on the day.

Carson Crawford and Cade Shrum each pitched an inning one piece out of the bullpen. Crawford allowed an earned run on a walk, as Shrum pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout.

The Bucks are expected to be back in action Friday and Saturday at Union Bank Field with a three-game series with Mineral Area College. Friday’s doubleheader is scheduled for first pitches at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., with only one game Saturday for a first pitch at 1 p.m.

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