Sand Hills, FL---The Rutherford Rams finally able to play their baseball playoff opener, and that turns out to be a 3-1 win over Suwannee.
The Rams having to host that game Thursday night at Bozeman's diamond, since it drains better than Shamplain.
Rams ace Nick Nelson coming up big, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits with 12 strikeouts. Nelson also had a 5th inning rbi with a double down the left field line.
The other two Rutherford runs coming the first inning, a Dallas Davis bloop single to right and Kendall Herron's single to left.
The win takes Rutherford's record to 22-4 and puts them into the 5A region semifinals at home Tuesday against rival Mosley. The Dolphins winning at Wakulla Thursday, 8-7 in 9 innings.
After the game coach Jon Hudson telling us "this game didn't come easy, we didn't get too many big hits, left too many on, but it was hard fought and that's the way it's gonna be in the postseason."
As for facing Mosley again, for a 4th time, coach Hudson says "both teams deserve to be there, and we are looking forward to getting out there and facing Mosley yet again."
The attached video shows the following:
-Rams ace Nick Nelson on the hill and he was on from the start, getting the first inning strikout.
-Bottom half of that inning the Rams put up two runs, the first coming on the bloop single to right by Dallas Davis, Jacquez Koonce in from second.
-The second run comes home on Kendall Herron's bouncer through the left side, Tristan Whaley, a courtesy runner for Nelson, makes it 2-0.
-Same score into the top of the third, the Bulldogs get one on the board when Jackson Green singles to center, Koonce over runs it, Dustin Driver likely to have scored anyway, it's 2-1.
-Rams pad the lead in bottom of the 5th, Nelson smokes one down the left field line, Koonce scores easily from second.,
Nelson closes it out from there, strikes out the side in the 7th. Rams
¶win it 3-1, go to 22-4 and will host their region semi Tuesday night, hopefully at a dry Shamplain field.