50/70 All-Stars roar into Championship
The Rutherfordton-Chase 50/70 All-Stars are one win away from the World Series in Livemore, Cal. After breezing through pool play, Rutherfordton routed West Virginia 25-1 in the semifinals Tuesday in Spring Hill, Tenn.
They now await the winner of Florida Tennessee in the championship bout today at 11 a.m. EST.
“Obviously, we have a lot of confidence after scoring 25 runs,” head coach Curtis Snethen said after the win. “I think the biggest key in a game like this is to just relax have fun and enjoy the moment.”
On Tuesday, Rutherford excelled in all phases of the game in the five inning win. Joey Daigle picked up the win, giving up only one run on three hits while striking out three.
“Joey did not have his best stuff today, but it was enough to get the win,” Snethen said.
At the plate, they pounded out 20 hits and took advantage of six West Virginia errors. Adam McDowell led the charge at plate, collecting four hits and five RBIs. Clint Condrey picked up three RBI’s while Joe Conner accounted for three runs. The defense was only charged with a single error.
“We put on a hitting clinic today,” Snethen said. “I’ve said from day one, this team can score a lot of runs in a seven inning game. That’s exactly what we did today.”
Rutherford’s big innings came in the second and the fourth, scoring eight and twelve runs respectively. Armed with that big lead in the top of the fifth, Sam McArthur relieved Daigle. After he gave up a one out single, McArthur got some help from his defense as Keaton Snethen and Conner combined for a 6-3 double play to end the game.
Now the team focuses on today’s title game.
“[Our starter] will probably be Cameron [Snethen]. He got the win in game 1 for us against Florida and really shut them down,” Snethen said. “All of our pitchers are rested though so if anybody runs into trouble, we are going to go to the next guy pretty quick. We could probably go three or four deep on the mound if we have to.”