Rams topple Eagles

STRASBURG – When Strasburg’s baseball team got down 2-0 after just a half-inning of baseball, the Rams probably had no idea they would end the Conference 35 semifinal game with the mercy rule after six innings.

But that’s precisely what coach Jeff Smoot’s team did Wednesday night, knocking off Clarke County 13-3 to advance to tonight’s conference championship at First Bank Park, the site of Wednesday’s improbable win.

“We’ve been down like that before and I think it’s a sign of maturity that we came back tonight,” said winning relief pitcher Adam Miller.

Miller relieved ace Ryan Bowers (unspecified injury) after one inning.

He worked five straight, striking out seven, giving up three hits.

Adam Miller hit two batsmen and walked two.

The Rams will play Madison County in the finals at home.

After falling behind by a deuce, Strasburg rebounded to give its good sized homestanding crowd something to shout about.

Clarke County then watched as Strasburg batted around in its half of the first.

The Rams scored seven runs on four hits, two hit batsmen and one Eagle error.

Adam Miller replaced Bowers after one and allowed just one run the rest of the way.

In the meantime, Strasburg struck for two runs in the fourth and four more in the deciding sixth inning.

Those four runs came on two hits and two Clarke errors.

In all, Clarke County committed five errors in the game.

Strasburg committed four errors.

Adam Miller scored two runs, Colten Smith drove two in, Nate Butler had three hits, scored two runs and produced two RBIs for Strasburg.

Brian Scholten amassed two hits and an RBI; so did Justin Rickard.

“The thing about this time of year is that you survive and advance,” said Smoot.