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Rye baseball opened up their 2017 campaign at home against the John Mall Panthers. Rye opened up with a solid first inning scoring three runs, and then getting a rally going to score four in the third. Finally the Bolts exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning. The game would be mercy ruled after five innings, Rye won the contest by a 14-1 score. Rye had ten hits in the rout, and were aided by eight Panther errors over a four inning span. On offense Zach Richardson and Austin Gookin, who both drove in two runs, led the Bolts. Gookin also had Rye’s only extra base hit, smashing a triple and stealing a base. Freshman Bryce Benz got on base all three times he came to the plate. He had two hits and a walk, scored twice and swiped two bags. Senior outfielder Payton Camper also had two hits. “Overall we played pretty well” said Coach Stacey Graham: “We need to clean up our errors, we were picked off twice. It was a good game that we opened up late for a good win.”
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