Rock Island 03-23-2011 Varsity

03-23-2011 vs. Rock Island Rocks

 

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Wildcats Tumble the Rocks

The Normal West Wildcats jumped on the Rock Island Rocks early and cruised to a 10-0 behind big bats and the pitching of Matthew James at West Varsity Field today.  The Wildcats upped their record to 3-1.

The Rocks could not touch James over five innings, getting only a first inning single, while fanning nine times.  James only faced two batters over the minimum as a hitter in the 4th inning reached on an outfield error, but was promptly picked off first, and one batter got hit by a pitch in the 5th inning.

03-23-11 v Rock Island
Garrett Cook goes deep. (Click on photo to see all photos in the set)

 

West offense was powered by two-run homers from Alex Jefferson and Garrett Cook, as well as three hits and three runs batted in from Erik Sipes.  Jefferson started the game off with a single, stole second and scored on an Adam Seifert double.  Seifert moved to 3rd base on a Wes Sery single and scored when the catcher’s throw on a double steal was too high.  In the 2nd inning, Sipes led off with a double to left center, was sacrificed over and came in on Jefferson’s blast to left field.  In the 3rd, Kyle Vaughn got on to start things on an infield error.  A Matthew James single put runners on the corners and Vaughn scored on the double steal.  Ryan Speller then singled and moved to second on an error before scoring on Erik Sipes second hit of the day.  Garrett Cook followed that with his shot over the left field fence.  In the 4th, the Wildcats got two runs when Adam McGinnis led off with a single and stole second.  After an infield error and a Ryan Speller walk, Sipes got his third hit of the day, driving in McGinnis and James to up the lead to 10-0.

Sipes led the Wildcats with three hits, while Jefferson and McGinnis both had two.  Sipes had three runs batted in as Jefferson and Cook had two.

The Wildcats next take on the Morton Potters in Morton on Thursday.