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Rangers win at the plate with 14 hits, 15 runs
Recreation Game of the Week

The Rangers defeated the Angels 15-4 in 9-10-year-old machine-pitch baseball with a spectacular offensive performance at Sweetwater Park near Thomson last Friday night.

The Rangers collected 14 hits to go along with those 15 runs in only five innings.

"The kids did a good job," said Rangers head coach Ricky Bragg.

The visiting Angels, sponsored by Chic-fil-A, got the game started in the first inning when lead-off batter Brock Holt smacked a single to center field. Holt moved to second on a fielder's choice before Patterson Hutto hit a triple that scored him. The Angels then collected back-to-back hits by Matthew Brown and Dakota Wagner - thus scoring Hutto and Brown. It put the Angels up early, 3-0.

The Angels continued with the momentum in the bottom half of the first inning, getting the Rangers' first three batters out in order.

The Rangers, sponsored by Augusta Industrial Electric, took the momentum right back in the second inning. The Rangers scored seven runs on seven hits, including an RBI double by Tim Seals in the second inning. All the runs came with two outs.

The Angels' only other run came in the fourth inning when Brown led off the inning by reaching first base on an error by the shortstop. He moved to second on a fielder's choice before scoring when Walker Tharpe slapped a single to right field.

The Rangers answered again by scoring three more runs in the fourth, which started with Seals smacking a triple to right field - one of two in the game for him. Jayten Johnson and Dakota Gergen also had triples in the game for the Rangers.

The Rangers ended the game in the home half of the fifth by scoring five runs on four hits. The game ended when Seals, who went 3-for-3, banged out a triple that scored Jackson Matthews. The game ended by the mercy rule.

The Rangers, who are 10-1, will play again Friday at Sweetwater Park. The Angels also will play on Friday.

Web posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009

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