O’Rourke, Price go out in style
CARROLL TOWNSHIP – Ringgold High’s Dan O’Rourke and Lloyd Price made their last home baseball game a memorable one.
O’Rourke tossed a three-hitter and tripled in the tying run as the Rams came from behind to nip Albert Gallatin, 2-1, to keep their playoff hopes alive in Class AAA’s Sec. 2 Tuesday.
Price started the game winning rally in the sixth inning with a one-out bunt down the third base line.
Ringgold coach Scott Henson felt it was fitting that two of only three remaining seniors came through.
‘It was a great win for them,’ smiled Henson. ‘They worked hard Épersevered. We had a lot of defections and were down to 13 players.’
‘Our kids hung in there,’ he added. ‘I’m really proud of them. Now we have to win Thursday and can take care of our own business.’
Ringgold (6-6, 5-4) closes the campaign at co-leading Hempfield (6-4, 6-3), a 10-1 winner over Laurel Highlands, tomorrow and can make the playoffs with a win over the Spartans.
The Rams could also finish as section co-champs with a victory if Connellsville (9-6, 6-3), a 4-1 loser to Uniontown, bows at Albert Gallatin Thursday.
Junior Jason Cypher will be on the mound for the Rams, who edged Hempfield, 2-1, in their first meeting last week.
O’Rourke, who’s accounted for all but one of the Rams’ wins this season, turned in another strong performance on the mound.
The only run the Colonials (4-8, 4-5) scored came on an errant pickoff attempt in the sixth inning by catcher Adam Harkins.
Albert Gallatin’s Andy Patrick opened the sixth with a double to right.
After cleanup hitter Todd Dunham struck out for the third time, designated hitter Mike Kisko drew an intentional walk.
Patrick scored on an overthrow to third following a short passed ball with Kisko being thrown out trying to go from first to third on the play.
After pinch-hitter Josh Pike and Mike Corob drew walks, O’Rourke struck out Glenn Guthrie to get out of the jam.
The Colonials’ Wes Kisner limited the Rams to two hits going into the sixth when Price laid down a perfect bunt.
‘It’s the third or fourth straight game Lloyd beat out a bunt,’ claimed Henson. ‘That’s great baseball.’
O’Rourke then came through with a triple to knot the score.
‘I felt I had to make things happen,’ grinned O’Rourke.
Sophomore Brody Nichols followed with a single to win it for the Rams.
O’Rourke struck out nine and walked five with three in the sixth inning.
Kisner allowed five hits with three strikeouts and no walks.