The Arabia Mountain Rams baseball team still has a grip on first place in Region 5-AAAAA after its win over Lithonia April 10.
The Rams beat the Bulldogs 6-1 at home. Arabia Mountain (8-1, 13-7) got off to a slow start, going down 1-0 in the second inning after Lithonia (2-5, 3-9-1) scored on a steal.
The Rams responded in the third inning when junior Corey King hit an RBI triple that sent two base runners home, giving Arabia Mountain a 2-1 lead. King extended the lead to 3-1 when he stole home plate after a wild pitch at the plate.
Two base steals gave the Rams a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning. Junior Silas Butler stole second base and Lithonia could not connect on the tag and the ball rolled out into the outfield, allowing Butler to steal home.
A triple by junior Josh Campbell set up a two RBIs by junior Jordan Sterling, giving the Rams a 6-1 lead.
Lithonia loaded the bases in the seventh inning with two outs, but a pop-up out sealed the win for Arabia Mountain.
Arabia Mountain coach Eric Hoxie said after the game that the team could have played a better.
“With different teams, we want to start out on top, have a little bit more fire than we had and play more aggressive,” Hoxie said. “That’s what we need to do, instead of waiting in the latter innings to do stuff.”
King and Sterling led the team with each having two hits, two RBIs and one run scored.
With the season winding down, Hoxie said he has been impressed with the team’s poise as they strive to win the region.
“We’re keeping everything at a good level and good tone,” he said. “We have to keep up everything—the intensity, the hitting, the pitching and stay focus in order to win.”
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