The weather was more fit for football and so was the final score.

The Spring Grove and Susquehannock baseball teams combined for 24 runs and 24 hits on a blustery Monday evening.

Spring Grove, who scored runs in five of its seven at bats, continued its early season offensive outburst by posting a 17-7 win.

"I'm really proud of our offensive effort," Rockets head coach Eric Zeigler said. "We had a lot of quality at bats. The kids were really patient and we really had a lot of big hits in key situations."

Some of those clutch at bats came via positions six through nine in the Rockets' (3-1) order.

Those four batters combined to score six runs and accounted for 11 RBI's.

"Six through nine was tremendous tonight and we got contributions from up and down the order," Zeigler said.

Brandon Warner, hitting sixth, led the Rockets charge, going 3-for-5, with a double and three RBIs. He legged out two infield singles and also scored three runs.

"It's just like last year, once one person gets going, we all get going," Warner said. "We just work as a team and score runs when we need to get runs."

The Rockets needed runs early as they trailed the Warriors (0-2) by three runs after two innings.

Spring Grove responded by sending 10 batters to the plate in the third inning and scoring six runs on just two hits. The Rockets took advantage of four walks and a hit batsmen in the inning.


With the score tied at five, No. 9 hitter Austin Hunt delivered a two-run single to left. Hunt finished with three RBIs.

Spring Grove starter Dalton Hoiles held the Warriors scoreless in the third, before giving way to Warner in relief for the next three innings.

Warner, making his first appearance on the mound this season, went three innings, gave up two runs on four hits and struck out four and walked one.

"I didn't have any control of ball speed, so I was just trying to place my fastball as good as I could," Warner said.

"Brandon has really come a long way for us. He has gained a lot of confidence in himself," Zeigler said of Warner.

The Rockets scored five runs in the seventh as they sent 11 hitters to the plate. Among the four hits in that frame, one was a two-run single by No. 7 hitter Will Maughlin, who was 3-for-5 four RBIs and two runs on the day.

The Warriors were led by Luke Knott, who drilled a two-run homer in the first inning, which tied the game at two.

Mike Spadafore was 2-for-5, with three RBIs and a double for Susquehannock and Sammy Miller and Kyle Miller each added two hits.

Spring Grove   206  022  5 -- 17  15  2
Susquehannock   230  020  0 --  7    9  0
   SG, Dalton Hoiles, Brandon Warner (4), Cody Kauffman (7) and Devin Fisher, Hoiles (4); Sus, Alec Lebo, Mike Spadafore (6), Jake McDonnell (7) and Collin Tattersall, James Calhoun (1). SO-BB -- SG, Hoiles 5-2, Warner 4-1, Kauffman 0-0; Sus, Lebo 3-4, Spadafore 0-6, McDonnell 0-0. W -- Hoiles. L -- Lebo. 2B -- SG, Trevor Troxel, Brandon Warner, Jake Thoman; Sus, Mike Spadafore, Kyle Miller. HR -- Sus, Luke Knott.