The Magazine Rattlers split a pair of road games last week, picking up a win in Danville but losing at Mountainburg.
Rattlers 4 Danville 3
Magazine’s one-two pitching punch came through again Monday with Trevor Blake recording his third save, working the final inning in relief or Randon Baumgartner (4-1).
As has often been the case this year the Rattlers made due with minimal offense but while they did manage just three hits, Danville issued 12 bases on balls.
Ethan Chenowith received four passes in four plate appearances. In the first he walked and was sacrifice to second. He moved to third and scored on wild pitches while Baumgartner was being walked.
Danville used a double, a walk and an error to tie the game in the second.
A third inning walk to Chenowith, another Blake sacrifice, another wild pitch and a single by Baumgartner gave Magzine a 2-1 lead. Pacen Roberson, who had two hits in the game, followed with a single that scored Matt Smith, who had attempted to score Chenowith with a bunt and was safe at first.
A two-out walk issued by Baumgartner, a stolen base and a single by Gabe Stanley got the Little Johns within 3-2 in the bottom of the third.
It stayed that way until the sixth when Adam Brink and Chenowith walked, Blake put down a third sacrifice and Brink scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.
After the Little Johns had a runner erased on the basepaths, a two-out double made it 4-3 in the sixth.
In the seventh, Dalton Reagan singled for Danville and Blake came on to finish it. Reagan was thrown out stealing and Blake walked a man with two away but got a ground ball to end the game.
Mountainburg 11 Rattlers 8
The Rattlers put seven runs on the board in the second inning. Mountainburg scored eight times in the fifth.
Jack Kirbo singled leading off the Magazine second and after two were down there were two walks — one by Matt Smith with the bases loaded to score Kaleb Mott — two errors, an RBI single by Pacen Roberson and a three run double by Randon Baumgartner.
Trevor Blake (3-3) ran into trouble in the fifth and was relieved by Roberson but the Dragons continued to assault the Rattlers, finishing with a 15 hit day.