COLBERT – The Colbert Leopards hosted the Rock Creek Mustangs for a Spring Break bash on Tuesday afternoon, but the Leopards couldn’t protect their home turf as the visiting team got a 10-0 run-rule win.
Rock Creek hurler Davis Rogers pitched four innings with eight strikeouts and no runs allowed. Colbert used two pitchers in the contest, Jared Tucker and Colby Cummins.
The Mustangs’ shortstop Christian McGowan had the hit of the day as he smashed a two-run homer in the first inning that gave Rock Creek a 2-0 lead.
Colbert got two men on base in the bottom of the inning when Tucker got on due to an error and Isaac Wilson hit a single. But the Leopards couldn’t get the runners home.
Three more Rock Creek runs crossed the plate in the top of the second inning with help from Colbert errors.
Luke Jestis hit a single and Josh Eiler drew a walk before both runners advanced on wild pitches. Noe Alaniz was at-bat when and the ball got past the catcher and a run scored.
Then Alaniz hit the ball into the infield, but the throw went wide and another run scored. Rogers stepped in the batters’ box and made contact, but another throw to first went wide which plated a run to increase the Rock Creek lead to 5-0.
Rogers kept Colbert batters at bay with three straight strikeouts in the bottom of the second inning to hold on to their lead.
Rock Creek padded the advantage in the top of third inning with four more runs.
Austin Montgomery got the scoring started with a RBI single. Then with the bases loaded, McGowan was hit-by-pitch to force in a run. Alaniz got a run batted in when he hit the ball on a rope into the shallow outfield. Then Rogers helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly to center field and the Mustangs led 9-0.
Colbert tried to put a run on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning with two runners on base, but couldn’t push them around to home plate.
Rock Creek put up another run in the fourth inning on a wild pitch.
The Leopards again had two men on base in the bottom half of the stanza before two strikeouts and a Colbert runner was caught in run down that ended the game.
Rock Creek is right back in action today in the Red Oak Festival, facing off with Hartshorne at 4 p.m. and Oktaha at 6 o’clock. Colbert will be off until Tuesday when its plays host to Tishomingo.