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July 5, 2013

Rockets split against Big Reds

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“It was just an outside pitch and I took it the opposite way,” said Gonnerman.

Two walks, one intentional, preceeded Jared Armington’s two-RBI single that closed out the scoring. Gonnerman retired the Rockets in order in the seventh to complete the shutout.

“I threw a lot of curve balls,” said Gonnerman. “I felt really sharp the whole game.”

“Catching Kolton (Gonnerman) is easy because he hits his spots so well,” said Firkins. “We’re usually on the same page.”

“He’s our ace,” added Huisman. “This was a pretty typical game for him.”

Centerville jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first in game two. A two-out walk, another Firkins hit, and Armington’s RBI single accounted for the run.

The Rockets tied it in the bottom of the inning. Christian Bambrook had the first of his three game two hits and he would score on a Big Red error.

Centerville hurt themselves early with their defense. They committed another two errors in the second as EBF went up 5-1. Four of the five runs were unearned. The big hit in the second was Bambrook’s two-RBI double.

Bambrook, who pitched a complete game and relieved in another just the night before, talked about a relaxed night to hit.

“It doesn’t really help me hit when I’m playing in the field, but it’s important that I understand that I have a different role when I’m not pitching,” Bambrook said.

Centerville went to their second pitcher to get out of the second and had to go to their third early in the third as the Rockets added three more runs for an 8-1 lead. Swartz had an RBI single in the inning. Hunter Cowan, the third Big Red pitcher, got his team out of the inning and was solid for three more innings.

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