The Gamecocks scored six runs late in the game to get a 9-3 win over the Wood Ducks in a Hartford-Humboldt Cornbelt League battle on Friday, July 9th.
Both teams scored two runs in the first inning. The Gamecocks as the visiting team in the game scored two in the top of the first on a two-run double by Cole Hellie. The Wood Ducks answered with two in the bottom of the first when Jake Ellens scored on an error and Blake Svoboda had an RBI single.
The Gamecocks regained the lead in the top of the second when Drew DeMers drew a bases-loaded walk. The score remained 3-2 in favor of the Gamecocks until the top of the seventh inning. The Gamecocks scored three runs in the inning. Devon Garry had a two-run double and Hellie added an RBI single for a 6-2 lead. The lead grew to 8-2 with two more runs in the top of the ninth. DeMers had an RBI double, and Cam Quigley added an RBI single. Joe Hanisch added a solo home run in the top of the ninth to give the Gamecocks a 9-2 lead. The Wood Ducks got one run in the bottom of the ninth when Nathan Adrian drew an RBI walk.
Svoboda had two hits and an RBI for the Wood Ducks. Rob Lind had two hits. Auedin King, Ellens, Drew Eldeen, Austin Smith, and Kadyn Nolz all had singles in the game. Adrian had an RBI. Svoboda pitched six innings allowing three earned runs on four hits with six walks and 12 strikeouts. Smith pitched two innings allowing five earned runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Adrian pitched an inning allowing an earned run on two hits.
Hellie had two hits, one double, and three RBIs. Quigley had two hits and an RBI. Chad Morrison had two hits. DeMers and Garry both had a double and two RBIs. Hanisch had a home run and an RBI. Clayton Hanisch and a double. Broc Haldeman and Noah Vettrus both had singles. Tyler Renken pitched five innings allowing two runs, both unearned, on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Quigley pitched four innings allowing an earned run on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts.