The Rangers split a DH with the Wright Knights at Centerville high school on Sunday, June 2.
In game one, the Rangers offense looked like they could piece something together off Knights starter Richard Navratil, but that elusive clutch hit fell out of reach for much of the game as the Rangers would leave 8 runners stranded in the game.
The Knights jumped on starter Joe Becker for 4 runs in the first, 2 in the 3rd, and 2 more in the fourth. Chris Pluta made his pitching debut in the fifth, but the Knights could only must one run off of him. Eric Becker came in for relief in the sixth and allowed the final two runs the Knights could accumulate.
Meanwhile, the Rangers offense finally pushed a couple runs across in the final two innings. After Rob Pederson and Ben Schooler singled, a double play ball would allow Pederson to scamper home. Kyle Moyer's run-scoring triple in the seventh rounded out the scoring for game one.
Looks like the Gilmores' mid-day hot dog break did some good for the Rangers' swings in game two as runs were prevalent in every inning but the fifth for the Rangers.
The Rangers batted around in the top of the first inning. Chris Jones led off with a walk and stole second. Schooler drove him home with a double. With two outs, Kujo doubled Schooler in. Nick Gilmore singled home Kujo. After a balk put Gilmore in scoring position, Pluta singled him home as the Rangers took a quick 4-0 lead.
Two more runs came in the second on an RBI triple from Pederson and a run-scoring single from Schooler. Eric Becker's RBI single in the third made it 7-0. Kujo, Gilmore, and Pluta had RBIs to highlight a 4-run fourth inning.
As the offense was rolling, Schooler was holding the Knights' bats in check. Schooler K'd 7 over 4 innings, including striking out the side twice. The only blemish came in the fourth as a wild pitch with two outs allowed the Knights first run to score.
In the sixth inning, the Rangers would get a run on a fielding error, and then Pluta added his third RBI single of the game.
Kyle Moyer would toss the final three innings, allowing two runs in the 7th to record his first MVABL save.
Offensive highlights: Rob Pederson 4-for-7, 3 runs, RBI, triple; Ben Schooler 5-for-7, 2 runs, 2RBI, 2 doubles; Kujo 2-for-7, 3 runs, 2RBI, double; Nick Gilmore 4-for-7, 4 runs, 2RBI, double; Kyle Moyer 3-for-4, RBI, triple; Chris Pluta 4-for-7, 3RBI.
Historical Notes: Joe Becker is 2 wins shy of 50 for his career. Ben Schooler singled in his 500th career AB. Eric Becker is 2 RBI shy of 100 for his career and 5 RBI shy of 100 in league play. Jonmarc Lippincott is 4 hits shy of 700 MVABL hits and 4 walks shy of 300 in league play.