O’FALLON – Nearly every time Rogersville posed a question during Friday’s Class 4 semifinal game, the Pembroke Hill baseball team had an answer.
Even though the Raiders committed six errors, Pembroke Hill still managed to earn the 7-5 win at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.
“We didn’t have a lot of momentum,” Rogersville second baseman Bailey Jenkins said. “Every time we did something, they answered and that was what this one was about.”
Rogersville moved out to the lead in the bottom of the second inning, thanks to some help.
After pitcher Jacob Schlesener walked, courtesy runner Logan Eury moved to second on a catcher’s throwing error, to third on an error by the third baseman and then scored on a wild pitch.
In the top of the third inning, Pembroke Hill made its move. Jason Cobb scored on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Sam Frazen scored Brett Bethune to give the Raiders the lead. Pembroke Hill then doubled its offensive output as pitcher Joe Thomas laced a double down the right field line to score Daniel Duffy and Sean Reardon to make it 4-1.
Pembroke Hill (26-4) sent eight hitters to the plate in the inning.
“We obviously didn’t play the game we wanted,” Rogersville coach Casey Ledl said. “You’ve got to tip your cap to those guys. They responded and tacked another run or two on the board after we scored.”
Rogersville (26-6) cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning without the benefit of a hit. Schlesener walked to open the inning and was replaced by Eury. Eury moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a passed ball. He scored when Pembroke’s third baseman booted the ball off the bat of Garrett Jernigan to make it 4-2.
Pembroke Hill answered back with two runs in the fifth to make it 6-2. The runs came on a Rogersville passed ball and a fielding error.
A two-run single by Rogersville’s James Jenkins in the sixth inning cut the Pemroke Hill lead to 7-5.
“Once we got to within two runs and with runners on base, I thought we had a chance,” Jenkins said. “Even after they got out of it, I still thought we had a chance.”
That chance proved to be short-lived, though, as Pembroke reliever Sean Reardon struck out the side in the seventh inning to end the game. Rogersville will play for third place at 10:30 a.m. today.