Rams get all-around effort against Central
By Tommy Keeler Jr.
WOODSTOCK — Strasburg used some solid pitching on the mound and found a way to score enough runs on Tuesday night.
The Rams took advantage of several Central errors and pulled out a 4-1 Bull Run District baseball victory.
“We will take it,” Strasburg coach Jeff Smoot said. “As difficult as it is to get a win in this district, we’re very happy to get the win.”
Strasburg’s Tyler Doman and Central’s Hayden Bauserman each gutted out solid pitching performances. Doman went 5 1/3 innings, while Bauserman went six innings.
The game featured 11 walks and nine errors with a combined nine hits.
“I thought Hayden pitched a good game, and I thought Tyler pitched a good game,” Central coach Donn Foltz said.
The Rams (4-1) took the lead in the top of the fourth. Ian Baker led off with a single and reached second on an error. Evan Snapp was then hit by a pitch by Bauserman. One out later, Mark Smoot drew a walk to load the bases.
Noah St. Clair then drew a walk to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
The Falcons tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Cody Sager drew a one-out walk, and Bauserman was hit by a pitch from Doman. One out later, Sam Cornman’s infield single tied the game at 1-1. The Falcons had a chance to add to the lead as Brandon Pashell drew a walk to load the bases, but a ground out ended the inning.
Strasburg scored two in the top of the fifth to take the lead for good. Ryan Smoot drew a walk, one of three on the night for the junior. Two outs later, a two-base error scored Ryan Smoot for a 2-1 lead. Doman followed with an RBI single to give the Rams a 3-1 lead.
“Against a good team like that you can’t make any miscues,” Foltz said. “We made too many miscues tonight.”
Central had its share of opportunities. Twice an inning ended on a pick off, and they left seven runners on base. In the bottom of the fifth the inning ended on a run down in between third base and home.
In the bottom of the sixth, Central’s Zach Herbaugh singled, went to second on a wild pitch and third on a stolen base. Cornman drew a walk from Doman, which ended his evening on the mound. Mark Smoot came on in relief and struck out Paschell and got out of the jam with a pop-up by Shaddi Devalle.
“I thought we pitched well,” Jeff Smoot said. “I thought both our guys really pitched well. Tyler made some critical pitches when he had to.
“I think in the sixth, Tyler, maybe we left him in longer than we should have. I thought Mark came in and did a good job.”
The Rams added a run in the top of the seventh on a double by Baker, who later scored on an error.
Strasburg left nine runners on base, including the bases loaded twice.
“Offensively, we were not very good tonight,” Jeff Smoot said. “Part of that is attributed to Bauserman, but we feel like we could have done better offensively than we showed tonight. At times, I didn’t think our approach at the plate was very good.”
Baker led the Rams with two hits, including a double.
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