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June 5, 2014

Davis County, EBF split conference opener

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The Rockets had 10 runs on seven hits and left six runners on base in the first three innings. EBF seemed to be in the coast mode as they finished out the game-one win. The three remaining hits were scattered and the Rockets left five more runners stranded over the final three innings.

“That was disappointing that we didn't stay intense at the plate. We probably only hit good for four or five innings of the whole doubleheader," said EBF coach Rod Ashman. "I think the late innings of game one, set the tone for game two.”

Davis County finally got on the board with a single fourth-inning run. Connor Young led off with a single and would score on Matthew Hopkins' sacrifice fly.

Neither team scored again in the game. The Rockets had a chance in the fourth, but a perfect throw by centerfielder Hopkins nailed an EBF runner at the plate.

“I fielded the ball clean coming in and I saw their coach sending him," said Hopkins. "I made a strong throw and thought we had a good chance to get him.”

Both teams had late-inning chances to score, but the scoring was done in game one.

The Rockets left the bases loaded in the fifth, an inning that started with Van Dorin's second hit. Van Dorin, just coming off an injury, talked about hitting in the clean-up spot.

"I try and keep my approach the same for every at-bat,” Van Dorin said. “I'm seeing the ball well right now and I'm just looking to get guys in.”

Game two started just the opposite of game one. The Mustangs scored four first inning runs aided by three Rocket errors. The big hit in the frame was Hopkins' two-RBI single.

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