Rooker, who was 3-for-3 for the day and 6-for-9 during the three weekend games, hit the first three-run shot of the inning. After a fly out, the next two batters were hit by a pitch and walked. Gordon, on a 3-2 count, hit his opposite field three-run home run on a 94 miles per hour Dakota Hudson fastball. Gordon's homer put the Gray team ahead 8-6 in the top of the 3rd inning.
The Grays added runs in the 4th and 5th innings, making the final score 10-6.
John Holland also had a multiple hit day for the Grays, going 2-for-4. Like Rooker, he had a great weekend hitting the ball, going 5-for-10.
Jesse McCord (86-88, 88 mph), Levi Mintz (84-86, 86), Vance Tatum (87-88, 90 mph) and Trevor Fitts (86-88, 89 mph) all pitched for the Gray team.
McCord threw 2.2 innings, allowing the 6 runs scored by the Maroon team on 5 hits and 5 walks while striking out 1. Fitts finished the game, striking out 2 and walking 2 in 1 inning of work.
For the Maroon team, Austin Sexton (87-89, 89 mph) was the starting pitcher. He allowed 7 of the 10 runs scored by the Gray team. Hudson (91-94, 94 mph) took over for Sexton and gave up 2 runs. Also pitching for the Maroon team were Daniel Brown (88-89, 90 mph), Cole Barlow (77-79, 79 mph) and Vance Tatum. Tatum pitched for both teams. Barlow gave up the final run, an unearned run in the top of the 5th.
Hitting stars for the Maroon team were Jacob Robson who was 2-for-3, Joey Swinarski who was also 2-for-3 and Ryan Gridley who went 1-for-1 with 2 walks. Swinarski had a great weekend, going 5-for-9. Robson also hit well during the weekend, going 4-for-9 with a double and 3 RBI.
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