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Posted: 05/22/13

JV baseball team pulls
in tenacious 11-10 win

      The Romeo High School junior varsity baseball team matched up against St. Clair Shores for the second game of the league series. Romeo had beaten the Saints on May 13 in St. Clair.
       The Saints pulled out the big guns and brought a junior pitcher down from their varsity squad for the game. Bulldog bats were up to the challenge.
       Romeo jumped out to a 4-0 lead after its first at bat of the day. Noah Ganfield started on the mound for the Dogs, and relented four runs over 2-2/3 innings, striking out three. Tom Schneider came in to relieve Ganfield and pitched two innings, allowing three runs from three hits; he had 2K's. Schneider was relieved by Travis Reichenbach in the fifth inning, working 1-2/3 innings and leaving in the bottom of the sixth.
       With the score 5-9, Spencer Rinke was called on with bases loaded. He got the first hitter to bounce one back to him and the inning-ending double play went Rinke home to Noah Daniel, who turned the double killing with Adam Nelson at first.
       In the bottom of the sixth, Daniel led off with a laser-guided rocket down the third base line for a leadoff double. Ganfield moved Daniel over to third in the next at bat and Jared McMillan stepped in and lined a single that scored Daniel. Brandon Thomas would plate McMillan and Chris Rashid, who had drawn a 2 out walk, with a 2 out single. At the end of six innings, the score was 8-9 in favor of St. Clair.
       Rinke returned to the mound in the seventh, and was in trouble with a couple of walks after a lead off out. With bases loaded, he was able to get consecutive strike outs to end the side and give the hot Bulldog bats a chance to do damage.
       The bottom of the seventh saw the Bulldogs down 8-10. Schneider, in his fourth at bat of the game, collected base hit number two on the day. Rinke promptly helped his own cause with a double that scored Schneider, 9-10.
       The Saints' junior pitcher retired the next two batters, and with two outs, the Dogs were in need of a hit.
       With Rinke now 90 feet away, Ganfield served a solid single to score Rinke and tie the score at 10-10.
       In the eighth, Rinke shut the door on the Saints and retired three of the first four hitters.
       Co-captain Rashid led off the inning with a walk. Thomas took one for the team in the next at bat. Rashid and Thomas would stay at second and first through two outs.
       With two outs, runners at first and second, Schneider stepped into the box with the opportunity to win the ball game with a hit in his fifth at bat of the game. He fell behind in the count one ball and two strikes. He then proceeded to collect hit number three of the day on the next pitch, lining a fastball into the right center field gap. Rashid scored easily, and the Bulldogs had earned a solid league win to finish out league play.
       The Bulldogs finished league play with a 7­3 record in MAC White.

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