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Rockets Sweep Horde in Season Opener

The Rochester Rockets won their first two games of 2009 baseball season by traveling to West Rutland last Saturday and sweeping the Golden Horde in a double header 13-1 and 18-3.

In the opening game the story was Rochester hurler Taylor Fuller, who struck out 16 while tossing a one-hitter. Offensively Ethan White banged out four hits to lead an offense that saw every hitter get at least one hit. Mike Sheridan banged out a sixth-inning single for West Rutland's lone hit of the game.

In the second game, which lasted only six innings, Riley Brown (two hits and three RBIs) and Matt Brown (two hits and two RBIs) banged out four hits and drove in five runs between them to lead the Rockets to the easy 18-3 win. John Champion earned the win, striking out six and yielding seven hits for the Rockets, who improved to 2-1 with the sweep. Greg DuPrey wrapped two doubles in defeat for West Rutland.

On the same day in Danville, Phil Campo and Matt Dobart had three hits apiece to lead the Proctor Phantoms past the hometown Indians 18-9 in a slugfest. Ryan Carter, who pitched into the fifth with a no hitter going, started and picked up the win, and to make his performance even brighter Carter recorded an impressive 10 strikeouts. Matt Chamberlin had a solo home run and scored three times for the Indians in defeat.

The Rutland Raiders were in action last Saturday, too, playing in the consolation round of the Drury Tournament, in Drury Massachusetts. Tied 1-1 in the seventh inning with the Mount Anthony Union Patriots, Rutland loaded the bases and Jeff Perry blasted a three-run double, and the Raiders went on to win 4-2. Perry drove in all four Raider runs off three hits, including two doubles. Nate Swahn contributed an additional two hits to the win. Cory Armstrong, who led MAU's offense with a double, also went the distance and took the loss on the mound. .

The Raiders were in Saturday's consolation game because of a 6-2 loss suffered to Monument Mountain on Friday.

Andrew Flowers went the distance for Monument Mountain, giving up seven hits, striking out two. The most impressive aspect of Flowers complete game win was his control, walking nobody the entire game. Mark Comstock was the losing pitcher for the Raiders. In six innings of work Comstock surrendered six hits, struck out three and walked one.

Rutland stood at 3-1 following last weekends split.

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