Sports Sunday Correspondent
The Rogers Country Rangers came up big in the second inning Friday night, and never looked back.
Banging out 16 hits, the Rangers defeated Springdale, Ark., 16-3, in a seven-inning American Legion baseball game at Legion Field.
The Rangers collected eight hits in the second inning and pushed across eight runs.
Righthander Josh Beal benefitted from the Rangers’ offensive outburst, pitching five strong innings, giving up five hits and striking out six.
Shortstop Blake Kelley and right fielder Matt Sparks had three hits each for the Rangers. Sparks tripled in addition to singling twice.
Ranger leadoff hitter John Chaisson had two hits and scored three runs. Tyler Harold, who walked three times, also scored three times. Centerfielder Curt Simpson collected a pair of singles.
Nathan Gilsleider relieved Beal to start the sixth and left the bases loaded in each inning, giving up only a pair of runs on three hits.
The game was scheduled for nine innings, but was reduced to seven the by Legion run rule.
It was the first of a four-game weekend for the Rangers, who play Mustang at 1 p.m. Sunday at Legion Field. They travel to Bartlesville on Tuesday.
Rangers 16, Springdale 3
Springdale 001 002 0 — 3 8 2
Rangers 083 500 x — 16 16 1
Bowman, Miller (2), Skelton (4) and Ridings. Beal, Gilsleider (6) and Conger. W — Beal. L — Miller.