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PostSubject: Rox Win Two of Three On Weekend   Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:55 pm

The Ortonville Rox hosted the Madison Mallards on Friday night and came away with a 7-6 win, traveled to Benson on Saturday and won 6-3, and on Sunday hosted the Morris Eagles and lost a close game by a score of 2-1.

The two wins pushed the locals into first place in the Teal League with two games to play. An Ortonville win or Benson loss would give the Rox the 2009 Teal League championship.

In Friday night’s game the Rox jumped out to an early lead against Madison, scoring a single run in the top of the first inning. Riley Sammon led off the game with a double; he was sacrificed to third by Matt Fellows and scored on a single by Jeff Watson. The Rox scored another run in the bottom of the fourth when Chris Smith reached on an error and later scored on an RBI single by Sammon.

Madison broke into the scoring column with a run in the top of the fifth, only to have the Rox come back and score three runs in the bottom of the inning, with the big hits being an RBI double by Curt Schake followed by a two RBI double by Zach Giese. Madison scored another run in the top of the sixth, but the Rox countered with a run in their half of the inning, making the score 6-2. Madison scored three runs in the seventh and one in the ninth to tie the score at 6 each.

Joe Fuller led off the bottom of the ninth with a hard-hit triple. Madison chose to intentionally walk Chance Haugen and Schake to load the bases. Zach Giese had a great at bat and coaxed a walk to plate the winning run.

Fuller started on the mount and went 6 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits. Giese came on to pitch and threw the final 2 1/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits to get the win.

Leading hitters for the Rox were Haugen with three; Sammon, Fuller and Giese with two each, and Fellows, Watson, and Schake with one a piece.

The Benson game started out as a defensive battle. Benson broke the ice in the fourth inning by plating two runs. The Rox finally got the bats going and scored five runs in the top of the fifth. John Thomas earned a one-out walk, Fuller doubled to put runners at second and third, and Haugen singled to score Thomas. Chris Fellows doubled, plating Fuller with Haugen thrown out on a close play at home. Schake knocked out a double to plate Fellows, Giese singled hard to right field and Pete Ross plated Schake and Giese on a two-RBI double.

Sammon singled and scored in the seventh. Benson scored one run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rox a big 6-3 win over the second place team.

Schake started on the mound and gave up two runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings. Sammon finished the game, going 1 2/3 innings giving up one run on four hits.

On Sunday the Rox hosted the Wood League leading Morris Eagles. Morris plated two runs in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. The Rox scored a run in the bottom of the fifth when Schake and Smith singled and Sammon walked to load the bases. Thomas was hit by a pitch to plate the only run of the game for the Rox.

“We had our chances in the Morris game. We just couldn’t get a timely hit. Morris is a very good team, and we played right with them,” stated Manager Ron Thomas.

Chris Fellows started on the mound and threw a complete game, giving up two runs on four hits with fve strikeouts.

Leading hitters for the Rox were Haugen with two and Fuller, Schake, and Smith with one each.

The Rox close out their regular season next week with two games on the road. On Saturday night they travel to Wheaton for an 8:00 game, and on Sunday they’ll be hosted by Appleton at 2:00 p.m.
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