The North Jefferson News
GARDENDALE — It was short and sweet for the home team as the Rockets needed only 10 innings to sweep Fairfield Friday night in their first round playoff matchup.
“We played well tonight and we beat a pretty good team,” Gardendale head coach Pat Keedy said. “We were a little tight at first, but once we got our bats going, everyone settled down.”
Gardendale got a solid outing from starting pitcher David Roberts and the Rocket’s offense put up 11 runs using five extra base hits as the Rockets took the opening game of their three-game playoff series with Fairfield 11-1.
Roberts (6-4) threw five innings of four-hit ball and struck out three.
At the plate, Trey Williamon got the Rockets offense going with a solo home run in the home half of the first inning. In the third inning, Conner McCain broke open a 3-0 game with a three-run blast over the fence in left field. McCain had doubled in the second inning and come around to score the Rocket’s second run of the contest.
After Gardendale had built a 6-0 lead, the Tigers scored their lone run in the top of the fourth inning, but the Rockets answered back in their half of the inning with four runs.
In the nightcap, the Rockets completed the sweep as Bobby Williams (5-2) threw a one-hitter, walked two and struck out three.
The offense got going early as McCain delivered a three-run double in the first.
Adam Erwin hit his club-leading eighth and ninth homers of the season as he went 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Josh Headley went 3-for-4 with two doubles and added a three-run homer in the third inning.
Williamon went 2-for-3 with a walk, scored three times and drove in one run. Brewer went 2-for-3, scored two runs and had one RBI.
“We’ve been swinging the bats well lately, but the thing I’m really pleased about tonight was our defense,” Keedy said. “We didn’t make an error and we got two complete games back-to-back from our starters. That’s pretty big.”
The Rockets (28-9), had a 7-8 record back in March, but, have now won 21 of their last 22 games.
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