Rams walk it off on opening day

Zachary Reynolds, Sports Writer

The pop of the glove and the crack of the bat – these sounds are unlike any other, and a signal that Rams baseball is finally back.

The Rams baseball team started their 2019 season against the Salem Wildcats.

On Tuesday March 12 Weston Brockhouse ‘19 was on the bump for the Rams. Brockhouse pitched a gem for the 4 innings that he was in.

Through the 4 innings, he allowed no runs on one hit. He recorded 8 strikeouts, an impressive feat at any level of baseball.

The bats also got off to an impressive start. Parker Weilt, ‘19, Jaxon Elliot, ‘20, Carson Wright, ‘20 Carson Prost, ‘21 and Robbie Emery, ‘21 all had a run batted in through the first 5 innings.

In the 5th inning, Prost came into pitch in relief of Brockhouse. He was getting soft contact which is usually good. However, the Rams gave up 3 unearned runs, all on throwing errors.

After giving up the runs, all unearned, Prost was relieved by Blake Dees ‘21. A base hit and a wild pitch later, the Salem Wildcats had tied up the game at 5 all.  Dees finally pitched the team out of the 7th inning.

After a couple of dull innings, the umpires and coaches gathered for a quick meeting. They considered calling the game at a tie. They ultimately decided to play at least 1 extra inning.

Billy Beckham ‘19 and Weilt were consecutively hit by pitches to start the bottom of the 8th. That brought up 3 hole hitter Charley Allen ‘20.

The crowd got behind Allen as he took the first pitch for a ball. Allen, who had struck out twice earlier, smoked one straight up the middle on the second pitch of the at-bat. Beckham raced around third scoring and securing a walk-off win.

Dees was awarded the win, his first of the year. The final score was 6-5 after 8 innings.