The Rangers played its first weeknight of the season, and the offense and defense continued to impress in a 21-6 win over the Wright Knights at Rotary Park.
Reeling from the recent loss of Nick Gilmore to a potential season-ending injury, rookie Cal Walters was thrown into the role of the new leadoff hitter and did not disappoint, scoring and/or driving in a run in each of his first 5 plate appearances on the night.
The Rangers struck first as Walters led the game off with a double and scored on Rob Pederson's ground out. In the second, Chris Jones scored on an error, and three batters later, Walters delivered a 2-run home run, in second in as many games. In the third inning, Chris Ridl singled home a pair of runs and later scored on an error. Markus Neff had an RBI double and Walters added an RBI single to give the Rangers a 9-0 lead.
In the meantime, Kenny Owens was dealing on the mound, K'ing a pair through the first two scoreless frames. The Knights got their first tally in the bottom of the third on an Alec Hutzelman RBI single.
In the top of the 4th, Moyer and Becker singled, and Ridl drove home Moyer. Becker scored on Jones' sac fly, and Walters had a bases-load walk to cap a 3-run inning for the Rangers. The Rangers got 3 more in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk to Jones, a sac fly by Cooper Nolte, and a bases-loaded HBP to Walters.
The Knights finally got to Owens in the fifth, scoring 4 times which but a slight blemish on an otherwise outstanding performance.
But the Rangers offense continued to produce in the 6th. Ridl reached on an RBI fielder's choice. Nolte plated another, and Neff had a 2-run double. Schooler finished things off with an RBI single.
Hunter Kraynak finished off Owen's victory with a couple of strikeouts over 1 1/3 innings of relief, allowing one unearned run.
Offensive highlights: Cal Walters 3-for-3, 2R, 5RBI, double, HR; Ben Schooler 2-for-5 RBI; Kyle Moyer 2-for-5, 4R, SB; Eric Becker 2-for-4, 3R, double; Chris Ridl 2-for-4, 4R, 4RBI; Cooper Nolte 3-for-4, 3R, double, SB; Markus Neff 2-for-3, 2R, 3RBI, 2 doubles.
Historical Notes: None