Before midweek rains rolled over the Hub Reed Complex, El Reno High School’s summer baseball team brought its own lightning which resulted in a storm of runs.
Down 6-2 to Del City, El Reno scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past the Eagles for a 7-6 victory.
The comeback allowed the Indians to sweep the home series after holding off an DCHS rally in the top of the seventh in game one for a 2-1 win.
The sweep lifted El Reno to 3-1 in the wooden bat division of the Red Dirt League. The Indians were set to return to RDL action on Monday at Bethany and Tuesday on the road at Heritage Hall.
The same Chargers are tentatively set to come back to the Hub Reed Complex on Wednesday to make up a series lost to rain from June 4.
“We will see about that home game with Heritage Hall due to our pitching,” said El Reno head coach Keith Hill.
Make up dates are slim since the regular season of the RDL is set to end this week and the playoffs to begin the final week of June.
The sweep of the Eagles was key in the standings since the two are not expected to be able to make up the road series at Del City from May 28th which was also lost due to weather.
The rally in game two was spearheaded by singles from Cash Crawford, Andrew Nix and Kolton Hunt, with the latter pushing home Crawford.
Gabe Ruoff drew a walk to load the bases before Boston Ellison dropped down a bunt single to score a run to make it a 6-4 game.
With the bases-loaded, Brayden Fulton hit a line drive to the wall which cleared the bases for a walk off double.
“That was a great way to end the game. It was the bottom of the sixth but we knew it was out last at bats because the time limit had expired. The guys did a great job of setting things up and Brayden squared up and hit a good ball to the wall. I’m really proud of him for stepping up and doing that,” said Hill.
Hunt led all hitters in game two with a double and a 2-for-3 effort. Ruoff added a single.
Fulton was also credited with the win on the mound, throwing the final two thirds of an inning in the sixth with a walk and a strikeout. Hunt started and threw one inning, fanning three and allowing a hit.
Ellison and Jovanny Rosas combined for 4 1/3 innings with a line of 10 strikeouts, six runs, two hits and two walks.
The opening game was dominated by Ruoff on the mound as the right-hander tossed a one-hitter over seven innings. The lone run and hit came in the top of the seventh, but the right-hander threw out the game-tying runner at third base.
Ruoff allowed three walks and struck out eight batters.
El Reno’s two runs came in the fourth on RBI-singles from Hunt and Fulton. Landon Rakestraw and Ruoff added a single each.