RATS SWEEP SLIDERS
June 16, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
BY KELCI BAKER EIHSS SPORTS
The Richmond River Rats looked to improve their 6-9 record on Friday night against the Slippery Rock Sliders of Pennsylvania. The Rats saw this same team on Thursday night, coming out with an 8-3 victory at McBride Stadium. After the game yesterday, Tyler Lairson, Richmond's manager, had high hopes for the game this evening, "I'd like to see us come out early," Lairson said.
And come out early they did. The Rats shot out to a 4-0 lead and kept the Sliders scoreless until the fourth. Led by pitcher Dylan Lynn, the River Rats won the game, increasing their record to 7-9 with a final score of 6-1. Lynn, who had an amazing pitching game, ended the night with 7 strike outs, two of those coming one after the other to end the sixth. This was Lynn's third start for the River Rats this season, making him 3-0 for the year. Management had faith in the junior who plays for Southeast Missouri State and allowed him to finish the game. Lynn ended the night by only giving up 7 hits and the one run.
But defense wasn't the only thing that was on the side of Richmond. Their first run came early in the first as Justin Pearson from the University of Alabama scored off of a shot in centerfield from Nolan Earley who earned a double from the effort. Runs two, three and four were all earned in the second when Mahon started off the inning with a four straight balls to walk. Mahon ended the night 1-1 but walked once and his final at bat was hit by the pitch. Mahon came across home plate twice for the Rats, the only one to do so.
To finish off the game the Sliders replaced Luis Flores with Marty Hustad of Sauk Valley CC and although he held them to four batters before the inning was over, the Rats were too far ahead for the Sliders to come back. Richmond sealed the game with three up, three down when Lynn struck out Pat Guinane to start the ninth. Overall, the River Rats team came out solid, dominating both offense in defense to sweep the Sliders in and leave them winless in Richmond.
This weekend the River Rats find themselves on the road both Saturday and Sunday against the West Virginia Miners before a rematch of the Sliders on Tuesday and Wednesday in Pennsylvania.