NEW KNOXVILLE – The New Knoxville offense sprayed hits all over the field and the pitching was stellar for the Rangers as they swept a twin bill from the Jackson Center Tigers 10-0 in five innings and 7-1 in a shortened five innings in the second game.
“We really had good pitching in both games today,” Rangers head coach Nick Schroer said. “Shane Topp in the first game and Adam Howe in the second game were hitting their spots and during the game they had a lot going for them. Their curveballs were snapping off and the big thing is they didn’t walk any, and our defense has been rock solid this whole season so far.”
Topp struck out nine and walked only three and gave up only one hit in the opener. Howe pitched the complete game victory giving up one run on four hits. He struck out seven and walked one.
They were helped by a big day at the plate for the Rangers.
“Covington was our first game of the season,” Schroer said. “We didn’t generate much offense and today the bats came alive. For the most part we made contact and that is what you want to do because when you put the ball in play you are dangerous and that is what we want to do.”
The Rangers (2-1) will travel to Fairlawn on Monday and entertain Waynesfield-Goshen on Tuesday before traveling to Waynesfield on Thursday.