Wednesday, 17 July 2019 23:07

Rattlers come out on wrong end of pitcher's duel, fall to Scotland in series opener

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ROSports File Photo: Luke Preslar pitched a near complete game in Wednesday's one-run loss to Scotland. ROSports File Photo: Luke Preslar pitched a near complete game in Wednesday's one-run loss to Scotland. Kyle Pillar — The Richmond Observer.

ROCKINGHAM — A classic pitcher’s duel took place between two rival ball clubs during Wednesday’s series opener between the Richmond Rattlers and Scotland Sliders.

Richmond’s rising senior Luke Preslar and Scotland’s rising junior Jackson Sellers squared off in the first of the two-game set, with the Sliders coming back late to edge the Rattlers 2-1.

Preslar would go 6.2 innings in the loss, and allowed two runs on seven hits. Sellers pitched a complete game for Scotland, giving up a run on three hits. Pitching the final third of an inning for Richmond was rising senior Dallas Cowick.

Cowick also had the only extra-base hit for Richmond, a double, with rising sophomore teammates J.D. Lampley and Colin Wheeler collecting singles to round out the offensive attack.

Preslar was in control for much of the game, facing just four batters in each of the first four innings, with just two of the four base runners reaching second base. He sat the Sliders down in order in the top of the fifth, preserving a 1-0 lead.

Richmond had runners in scoring position in the first and second innings, but didn’t break into the scoring column until the bottom of the third. Cowick led off the inning with a double to left field, and rising sophomore Cameron Way used a sacrifice bunt in the next at-bat to move Cowick up 90 feet to third base.

With Preslar at the plate, Sellers’ third offering to his opposite number skipped to the backstop, allowing Cowick to race home safely for the early lead.

The Sliders would score solo runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings, respectively. Singles by three of the first four batters in the sixth tied the game at one, and another RBI single in the seventh gave Scotland a lead it wouldn’t give up.

Down to their final three outs, the Rattlers were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh.

With the loss, Richmond’s record in the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League fell to 6-5 overall. The Rattlers will look to end their summer campaign with a win at Scotland on Thursday. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

Kyle Pillar

Sports Editor. IUP communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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