At this point the Magazine baseball results only slightly resemble the original schedule.
Last Tuesday the Rattlers were scheduled to play County Line but the Indians, who the Rattlers have played twice, had a conference date that needed to be made up so head coach Randy Loyd opted for a game against Class 4A Waldron on Monday to fill the hole.
Thursday’s double header with Hackett went off as planned, but a game that was originally scheduled for, April 15 was pushed up to last Friday to make room for a conference double header makeup with Union Christian.
That set loomed large after the Rattlers split Thursday’s game with Hackett.
Rattlers 16 Waldron 6
Magazine scored eight times in the second inning to erase a 6-0 deficit, and scored eight times in the fourth and fifth innings to drop the Class 4A Bulldogs.
After being retired in order in the first the Rattlers exploded in the second as Kalob Helms started it with a single. Cody Shelton plated a couple with a double and, after the first out, Brent Loyd got another home with a double.
A J.T. Crossland single chased home two and, after J.W. Crossland walked, Layton Robinson hit a three-run home run.
Crossland, Robinson, and Helms all reached on errors to start a five run fourth for the Rattlers. There was a fourth error and a Mason Suttles single was the only base hit of the frame.
An error, an RBI double by Helms, and a run scoring single by Suttles in the fifth added to the lead and after Shelton doubled, Suttles scored on a passed ball to make it 16-6.
Jonathan Stover had started on the mound for the Rattlers but was chased during the second inning. Crossland picked up the win in relief.
Rattlers 4, 6
Hackett 1, 7
The Rattlers did all of their damage in the fourth inning as Layton Robinson picked up the win in the opener.
Robinson and the Rattlers were down 1-0 going to the fourth when Robinson led off with a double. Kalob Helms followed with a single and Jonathan Stover’s fly ball tied the game. After Mason Suttles walked Cody Shelton singled home a run and a throwing error later in the inning got two more home.
Robinson then struck out the next five he faced and, after a walk and a single recorded his ninth strike out to end it with the tying run at the plate.
Down 7-6 in the bottom of the fifth in the nightcap Magazine had the tying run at second in Suttles, who had singled with one out and swiped second, and the winning run at first in the form of a pinch runner after Cody Shelton drew a walk.
A strike out of Michael Vasquez and a fly ball by Brent Loyd got the Hornets out of the jam and put the conference race into a three way tie.
Magazine scored twice in the first inning after two were down as Robinson and Stover singled and Helms and Suttles were hit by pitches.
The Rattlers went up 3-0 no a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Travis in the second but Hackett took a 5-3 lead in the third.
A walk started the big inning and after four hits and a pair of errors the Hornets had chased J.W. Crossland. Helms walked the first man he faced but got out of the inning with a strike out and a ground ball to the mound.
Magazine got an RBI ground out from Stover in the third and a two-run double from Robinson in the fourth and led 6-5 going to the final inning.
Helms got the leadoff man but a walk, a single and an error later the Hornets were back in front, 7-6.
Rattlers 12 Scranton 6
Layton Robinson knocked in runs in three straight at bats as the Rattlers doubled up the Rockets Friday in Scranton. Robinson singled home a run in the third, doubled home two in the fourth and doubled home another in the sixth in a 3-for-5 day.
Robinson’s RBI in the top of the third helped the Rattlers take a 3-2 lead but Scranton tied the game in the bottom of the inning.
Robinson’s two run double in the fourth powered the Rattlers to a 7-3 lead.
A Mason Suttles home run in the fifth made it 8-4 and Magazine put the game out of reach in the sixth on RBIs by Robinson, Cody Shelton, Jonathan Stover and Brent Loyd.
From there J.W. Crossland, the third Rattler pitcher, slammed the door. Jonathan Travis threw the first three innings before giving way to Stover, who picked up the win and got the game into the fifth.