The RHS baseball team has opened the season with two wins, Thursday over Waterville 6-4 and Friday over Cleveland 12-5.
The Waterville game was close throughout, coach Chris Stanton said. Randolph jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd, and starting pitcher Cody Pirkl was tough through four innings.
He left with the score tied at 2-2, when Waterville took the lead with two solo home runs in the 5th. Randolph answered back with four runs to take a 6-4 lead.
Mitch Kimmes picked up the pitching win, and Nate Overby the save; he stifled a Waterville rally when they had the tying runs on 1st and 2nd. Kimmes was 3-4 with two runs and three RBI, Austin Moorhouse was 2-3 with two runs and a triple, and Overby was 1-2 with an RBI.
RHS jumped out to an early lead Friday against Cleveland, leading 9-0 after three innings.
Drew Weidner pitched the first four innings, giving up no earned runs while striking out four. Kyle Volkert did a nice job in the 6th, getting the Rockets out of a jam.
"Unfortunately, after jumping out to an early lead, we were sloppy in the field," Stanton said. "That's unusual for us. I expect our defense to be one of our strengths, but we made some uncharacteristic errors."
Weidner, Volkert, Pirkl, Overby and Jake Hines all went 2-4 and scored at least one run. Weidner had a double, Pirkl a triple and three RBI, and Overby had two RBI. Seven of the nine starters had a hit.
A game Monday with USC was cancelled. Weather-permitting, the Rockets are at Medford on Thursday and NRHEG on Tuesday, April 22.