BECKLEY, WV – La Roche Baseball (1-1) split a double-header in their season opener with Waynesburg falling to the Yellow Jackets in the first game 5-2 before taking the second game 6-2.
John Watson put the Redhawks ahead in the top of the first of Game 1 with an RBI single past a diving shortstop. Waynesburg's first baseman booted a ball two batters later and Watson scored from second to take a 2-0 lead.
The Yellow Jackets had a chance to get on the board when they placed runners at first and second in the bottom half of the inning, but a terrific relay from third to home kept La Roche up 2-0 after the first.
The game turned into a pitcher's duel until the bottom of the sixth inning when Waynesburg used three RBI singles and an RBI double to grab a 5-2 lead.
La Roche rebounded in the second half of the double-header beating Waynesburg 6-2.
Game 2 starter Tyler Ferguson struck out two and stranded a runner at third in the top of the first inning. The Redhawks nearly took a one run lead in the second inning with a runner at third but a sharp grounder to the shortstop ended the threat.
Waynesburg went up a run in the top of the third inning but Ferguson struck out the side in the fourth to keep the Redhawks within striking distance. La Roche responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead. The Redhawks loaded the bases before a Watson fielder's coach and Anthony Girdano sacrifice bunt put them ahead.
The following inning, the Yellow Jackets put runners on second and third with just one out but Ferguson got a strike out and ground out to work his way out of the jam.
La Roche used the momentum in the back half of the fifth when Shane Healey found the right field gap and tripled home Colin Fiekles. Healey then scored on Sean Lubin's sacrifice fly to left to give the Redhawks a 4-1 advantage. Waynesburg got a run back in the top of the sixth but La Roche tallied two more in the bottom of the inning to earn the win.
Ferguson allowed just one run (no earned runs) on four hits and struck out 7 in five innings while Walt Hadjuk gave up a run in two innings of relief.
Healey, Lubin, Watson, Girdano, and Fiekles all produced a RBI and scored in the win.