The Rapid City Central baseball team was outhit by Douglas, but used strong pitching and a solid defense to topple the Patriots 6-3 Wednesday evening at McKeague Field.
The Cobblers had just just six hits but scored two runs in each of the first, fourth and seventh innings to get the win. Central is now 3-2 on the season.
Cameron Kor went the distance on the mound for the Cobblers, giving up eight hits and three runs (one earned), walking one and striking out six.
"Our pitcher threw only 86 pitches through seven innings, so you can't ask for anything better than that," Central coach Ray Puhlman said of Kor. "Our defense is starting to come along, and they (Douglas) have come along since the start of the season too. Kudos to them, they are getting better."
Despite putting up six runs, Puhlman said they are struggling a little at the plate.
"We take batting practice almost every day. We're going to have to change something up, something is not working. Maybe our batting practice pitchers (coaches) are wearing out," Puhlman said. "We just need to work on our technique. We're getting ahead of ourselves on a lot of swings."
Chris Holm led Central with two hits, while Chance Fine, Trey Brandhagen, Ethan Byrd and Kyle Degroote all knocked in one run for the Cobblers.
The Patriots hung tough throughout the game and seemed to be about one hit away from making things interesting, especially in the fifth inning. Douglas loaded the bases with two outs, but couldn't push any runs home.
"We're just trying to get them to play seven innings," Douglas coach Josh Wright said. "We're getting six innings here, five and two-thirds innings here. It was kind of like we took the fourth and fifth off. But things are getting better. I think the kids are timing pitchers better and hitting the ball a little harder."
Brad Houghton had two hits for the Pats, knocking in one run.
A beautiful night for baseball and a promising forecast is helping both teams start to find themselves as they work on the fundamentals of the game.
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"We had the one play that looked like a circus, but other than that, we played good defense. Our outfield played well," Puhlman said. "The more that we get outside, the more that we play and the better we are going to be."
The Cobblers face Rapid City Stevens tonight before taking on Brookings and Sioux Falls O'Gorman Saturday in Sioux Falls.
"We go to Sioux Falls the next two weeks and we will pick up a number of games (eight) over the next two weeks," he said. "We need to get out and see what we can do, how good we are and what we need to work on."
The Patriots would go on to lose to Rapid City Stevens 14-1 in the night's second game. Wright said they need to get off to better starts in games.
"I think every game we have let teams jump on for us a couple of runs right off of the bat. If we can stomp that out and take the lead early on, we can hold these guys," Wright said.
RAIDERS 14, PATRIOTS 1: The Raiders led just 5-1 after six innings before putting the game away with a nine-run seventh.
Stevens led 2-1 after one inning and added two more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth before the big seventh inning.
The Raiders, 3-5, finished with 13 hits, led by Carter Thomas with three hits and two RBI. Tanner Spencer had two hits and two RBI and Austin Stiles two hits and three runs batted in. Joe Bennett knocked in a pair of runs, while Tate Sedevie, Judge Hutto and Davonte Jones all knocked in one run.
Thomas and Jones pitched for the Raiders, with Thomas going the first four innings, giving up three hits, one run and striking out six. Jones struck out four in two shutout innings.
Isiah Dubrey and Zane Schlabach led the Patriots, 0-6, with two hits, while Brad Houghton knocked in their lone run.
Douglas is at Sturgis on Saturday.