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May 31, 2014

Rockville pitcher strikes out 17 to put Rox in sectional final

ROCKVILLE — Pitching prevailed In the semifinal games of the Rockville Class A sectional for high school baseball teams on Saturday.

Dalton Clark hurled a no-hitter in Rockville’s 9-0 victory over Covington and Jake Amstutz tossed a two-hitter to lift Turkey Run over North Vermillion 2-1.

The No. 5-ranked Rox took a 24-3 record into the championship game against 5-18 Turkey Run.

Clark struck out 17 batters, walked one and hit two batters as he improved his record to 9-1 for the season. Attica was the only team to defeat the senior.

“My best pitch was my curveball,” he said of his pitch count of 97 in sunny, warm conditions.

“That was a great way for a senior to start the sectional. He’s been a workorse for us and has won more than 20 games for us in three years. He’s the type of kid that will be in the locker room at 9:15 if you told him to be there at 10,” said Rockville coach Bob Kyle.

Rockville scored all the runs it needed in the first two runs when leadoff hitter Ben Cunningham was hit by a pitch and scored on an error. Number two hitter Tyler Rapp singled and stole home to give the Rox a 2-0 lead.

Rockville scored single runs in the third and fourth frames and closed out the scoring with five in the sixth when the host team had six hits.

“We did just enough to win .  . . we only had to make four plays on defense,” added Kyle.

Dalton Laney, Lucas Monroe and Craig Overpeck led the Rox on offense, each with three hits.  Monroe drove in three of the runs.

Rapp, John Brown, Clark and Kyle Paddock all had two hits.

In the second game, Amstutz had no walks, hit two batters and struck out six Falcons -- two in the final frame.

Amstutz said he had been bothered by a pinched nerve in his right shoulder for about two weeks.

“We didn’t know until this morning who we would pitch. Jake said he wanted the ball. He had the best game of his career,” said Turkey Run coach Jimmy Nevins.

He said the Warriors had split with North Vermillion in two games. “We beat them in the seventh inning. North Vermillion lost just three games in the [Wabash River Conference]” said the coach.

Turkey Run won its fifth game of the season. The Warriors got their only runs in the second stanza and left the bases loaded.

George Munoz led off with a single and scored on an error while Jake Ferguson walked with two outs and scored on another miscue. Ferguson reached base on a dropped third strike in the sixth inning and was out at home attempting to score again.

North Vermillion scored its run in the fifth and left two runners on base. Devon Sams led off with a triple and scored on an error.

“My best pitches were outside fast ball to lefthanded hitters and inside fast ball to righthanders,” said Amstutz, who will attend Vincennes University and hopes to play baseball for the Trailblazers.

“Give North Vermillion credit. They battled and hung in there and made some fine plays. I don’t know what we will have left for Rockville but we will battle them,” said Nevins.

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