Baseball: Rutherford surges to run-rule win over Arnold

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 07:24 PM.

SPRINGFIELD — Baseball fans at Rutherford Wednesday night were watching a competitive District 1-5A battle against Arnold when without warning a mercy rule broke out.

Suddenly a game knotted 3-3 turned into a 13-3 five-inning win for the Rams that kept the Marlins winless at 0-4. Rutherford improved to 4-1, 2-0 in the district.

The Rams sent 15 batters to the plate in the home half of the fifth while scoring 10 runs. Arnold had tied the game when Reed Yandell’s sacrifice fly scored Zack Griffin in the top of the fifth.

Losing pitcher Riley Reitsema, who kept a solid-hitting Rutherford lineup off balance for four innings, and two relievers couldn’t hold back the Rams once they began their parade of batters to the plate.

That could have been a product of inactivity as much as anything, as Rutherford coach Jon Hudson said that recent rains and wet conditions have limited his ballclub, and undoubtedly Arnold as well.

“We really haven’t done anything for five days, we were hitting tennis balls in the old gym Monday and yesterday we were working on the field,” Hudson said.

“Everybody was rusty, and just needed to get out there playing again.”

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