Rattlers win season opener

February 23, 2013

The Tolar Rattlers began the season by getting a little payback Tuesday, shutting out the Stephenville junior varsity 2-0 at home.

“We lost this game last season, so it is encouraging,” said Tolar coach Trey Holcomb. “but we have got to manufacture more offense.

“Pitching was outstanding, especially in the tight situations where it had to be.”

Dusty Kimmel had a strong game at the plate and on the pitching mound for Tolar. He drove in both Rattler runs with his sixth-inning double, which also gave himself the pitching victory.

Kimmel worked an inning and a third on the mound, striking out two and surrendering no hits or walks. Cole Chism came on and pitched the seventh for the save.

Stephenville had two runners reach base in the seventh on walks, but Chism and his defense got out and preserved the victory.

Kimmel’s hit was one of only four by the Rattlers. Oompa Glavin, Dakota Endsley and Alec Elder each had a single

In fact, Glavin was on base and came home, along with Alfredo Triana, on Kimmel’s hit.

While the Yellowjackets had just as many hits and six walks, they couldn’t capitalize.

Lance Smith also reached base for Tolar via a walk, and Cody Cherry was hit by a pitch.

For a season opener, the game was almost flawless in the field, with Stephenville committing the only error.

The Rattlers are hosting their annual Wood Bat Classic this weekend.

Baseball

Stephenville JV 000 000 0 – 0 4 1

Tolar 000 002 x – 2 4 0

Tolar (1-0) pitching – Tyler Phillips 3 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts; Alec Elder 1 2/3 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts; Dusty Kimmel (WP 1-0) 1 1/3 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts; Cole Chism 1 inning (S-1) , 0 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout.

Tolar hitting – Kimmel 1-3, double, 2 RBIs; Oompa Glavin 1-3; Endsley 1-1; Elder 1-1.

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