Myrtle Beach, SC - After opening their season indoors at US Bank Stadium at the end of February, Coach Jones and his Yellowjackets hit the road this past weekend for Myrtle Beach, SC on their spring break trip. The Jackets, whos swept Vermillion, in the double header at US Bank, have gone 1-4 so far down south.
RCTC opened the trip with two hard fought losses on day 1. The Yellowjackets fell to Lehigh Carbon 10-7, before losing to Union County 3-2 in the nightcap. In game one RCTC got two hits from Cullen Bruce, while Jorge Reyes, Kai Hershberger, and Lucas Fredin each added a hit and 2 RBI's. Fredin, Ryan Roby, and Grant Miskimins each doubled in the game. Reyes added two two steals on two attempts. T. Mickelson took the loss going 5 1/3 giving up 7 hits and 8 runs.
In the tightly contested game two, RCTC held a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th, only to have Union County score 3 in the frame to lock up the win. Cole Nisbit and Grant Miskimins each had two hits, and also picked up an RBI apiece. Drew Simmons went the distance, giving up only 4 hits over six innings. Unfortunately for Simmons and the Yellowjackets one of those hits was a 3 run homerun in the 6th.
Day 2 saw the Jackets earn their first win of the trip with a split on the day. The Jackets fell 10-0 to Chesapeake College, before bouncing back with a convincing 11-1 win over Middlesex County. Chseapeake held the Jackets bats in check, allowing only one hit, a single by Parker Anderson. In game two RCTC's bats came alive, as the Jackets scored 11 runs in the game. The Jackets got a Grand Slam off the bat of Kai Hershberger in the second to break the game open. Izaak Stevens added a double and 3 RBI's, while Sanders Napoles had two hits, and RBI and a run scored. RCTC got a complete game 4-hitter from starter Paxton Gravlin. Gravlin allowed 1 run on 4 hits, walking 1 and striking out 4.
The Yellowjackets continue their southern swing, as they take on:
Lehigh Carbon (5:00, Tuesday, March 10)
Union County (5:00, Wednesday, March 11)
Bergen CC (7:30, Wednesday, March 11)
MacMurray (11:00, Friday, March 13)
Bergen CC (2:00, Friday, March 13)
Westmoreland County (8:00am, Saturday, March 14)
Mercer County (10:45am, Saturday, March 14)