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Rockets, Red Rams earn baseball wins

Two local middle school baseball teams earned wins on Monday, their second victories of the season.

Rockets blast past West Hoke

The Rockingham Middle School baseball team improved to 2-0 with a 16-1 win over West Hoke. The Rockets mercy-ruled the Tigers in four innings on their home diamond.

Head coach Jamie McDonald sent Caden Nolan to the mound, who earned the win for Rockingham. He threw 2.0 innings and struck out six batters.

Offering two innings of relief was Jason Gainey, who punched out five West Hoke hitters.

Preston Fann led the Rockets at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs, and Nolan helped his cause with a 2-for-2 afternoon and one RBI.

Tyler McKenzie recorded a game-high 4 RBIs while collecting two hits at the dish. Gainey was 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored, Andrae Streeter had two hits with 2 RBIs and Maddox Frye got a hit in his at-bat and contributed two more runs batted in.

Rounding out the Rockets’ offense were Cameron Quick (1-for-3 with one RBI), and Carter Visingard, Lucky Cipriani and Graham Odom were all 1-for-1.   

The Rockets (2-0) will host East Hoke Middle School on Thursday.

Red Rams mercy-rule Ellerbe 

Hamlet Middle School’s baseball team defeated in-county opponent Ellerbe 11-0 in five innings.

Steve James pitched a complete game shutout for the Red Rams, allowing just two hits while striking out 10 Wildcat batters.


Five different players recorded two hits in the game, including Evan Hodges, who added a game-high 3 RBIs.

Keith Cummings had one hit and drove in two runs. James and Hayden Wheeler finished the game 2-for-3 with one RBI apiece. Also adding two hits was Terande Spencer.

Now 2-0 on the season, the Red Rams will travel to West Hoke on Monday, March 28.

Note: Hamlet coach Anthony Hailey and Rockingham coach Jamie McDonald contributed stats for this article. No other information was submitted at the time of publication. 

To submit scores and game details to be featured in The Richmond Observer, coaches can email kpillar@richmondobserver.com.

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Kyle Pillar is a 16-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on Twitter @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.