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Rockdale snaps skid

The formula for Rockdale's losing-streak stopping victory was classic baseball.

The Bulldogs used all the ingredients for small ball; Suicide squeeze check, perfectly executed hit-and-run check, inning-ending double play check.

The result was an 11-9 win over Cedar Shaols, ending an 8-game losing streak.

The victory was highlighted by a burst of offense and some timely defensive plays.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, the Bulldogs plated three runs on consecutive RBI singles by Yancey Freeny, Willie Smith, and Tyler Page.

Rockdale scored two more in the third on a sacrifice fly by starting pitcher Anthony Banks and a well-executed suicide squeeze bunt by Malachai Eskin, pushing the Bulldogs lead to 5-3.

Second baseman John Martin registered the defensive play of the game in the top of the sixth inning.

Martin fielded a sharply hit ground ball cleanly, stepped on the bag at second for one out, and fired on to first to complete the inning-ending double play.

The momentum from Martin's fine glove work carried into the bottom half of the inning as the Bulldogs scored three runs and took an 11-8 lead.

Phillip Anschutz got the scoring started with a perfectly timed hit and run RBI double down the left field line, scoring Matt Ward all the way from first base.

Anschutz would later score on a wild pitch, while Willie Smith capped the scoring for Rockdale with a RBI infield single.

Cedar Shoals managed to score once in the top of the seventh before pitcher Kaleb Neydew recorded the final out, sealing the Bulldogs victory.