QUINCY, -- Bryce Unmisig had one game-winning hit Saturday.|
Michael Peters made sure Ashton Faramelli got the other.
Unmisig doubled home Andrew Eilers for what proved to be the deciding run inQuincy¹s 3-2 win over Rock Island in Game 1 of a Western Big 6 baseballdoubleheader on a drizzly day at the QHS field.
In the nightcap, Unmisig came up with the bases loaded in the seventh inningand the game tied at 3, but Peters jammed him and induced a groundout toforce extra innings. Faramelli singled home Bailey Gaskin in the eighth togive Rocky a 4-3 win and the split. Rocky moved to 10-10 overall and 2-6 inthe WB6.
"We're very fortunate to get out of here with a win,²"Rocky coach JayWayland said.
Peters allowed that to happen.
QHS trailed 3-2 with one out in the seventh when Mason Fairley walked andAndrew Eilers and Brad Unmisig singled to load the bases.
Alex Million reached on a dribbler up the third-base line to bring homeFairley to tie the game. That¹s when Wayland turned to Peters, ahard-throwing junior left-hander who has committed to NCAA Division IIndiana State. He struck out Ben Mero before getting Bryce Unmisig to tap a
ball in front of the plate. Rocks catcher Cullen George threw him out atfirst.
"We were getting very desperate, and we were able to get out of a desperatesituation," Wayland said.
Faramelli took care of the rest. Gaskin led off the eighth with a walk andmoved to second when Luke Smith reached on an error after laying down asacrifice bunt.
Faramelli followed with a single up the middle. It capped his 3 for 5 day inwhich he drove in two runs, was on base four times and scored on George¹sRBI single in the third.
"He's been pressing the last few games," Wayland said. "Before Game 2 today,we talked. He was really frustrated after Game 1, and we said, 'Listen,you¹re trying to do too much.,' ... He relaxed."
Rocky¹s Zach Chapman went 2 for 4 in Game 2 and drove in a run.
The Rocks¹ defense dazzled in the nightcap. Before taking the mound, Peters
made a diving catch in left field, and Gaskin speared a well-hit line drive
at third base.
Quincy, by comparison, made three errors.
"Bottom line is defense has to make plays, and we didn¹t do that today,"said QHS coach Brigham John, whose team moved to 8-10, 3-5.
The Rocks ran into several outs throughout the doubleheader. That included abases-loaded situation in Game 1 when Chapman got caught in a rundownbetween third and home after he appeared to want to steal home on a routinepitch.
Wayland said the plan was for Chapman to take a few steps toward homebefore retreating to the bag, but that didn¹t happen.
"We ran ourselves out of one game and tried to run ourselves out ofanother," Wayland said. "Thats no disrespect to Quincy. They played to win,and we ran ourselves into outs, and they took advantage of it."
Matt Erickson tossed a complete game for Rock Island in Game 1, sufferingthe loss despite allowing four hits in six innings. He walked two and struckout five. Mitch Erickson had an RBI double and Trey Sigel had an RBI singleto account for Rocky¹s offense in the opener.
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