CLYMAN — Starting pitcher Brock Vredeveld left the mound after six innings on the wrong end of a 3-0 score.
He had a lot more fun in the batter’s box.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Vredeveld hit a soft liner to center out of the No. 9 spot in the order, then singled through the left side later in the inning.
Those two hits were part of another monster rally for the Clyman Canners, who put up eight runs to erase a 3-2 deficit en route to a 10-3 rout of the Neosho Rockets in a Rock River League baseball game on Sunday at Stueber Field.
Clyman (14-1 RRL) has hung its hat on good pitching and great defense in recent years, but struggled offensively. That hasn’t been an issue for the 2018 edition, which hasn’t lost since the season opener in May and has already clinched the Southern Division crown outright.
All nine batters in Clyman’s lineup had at least one hit towards the team’s total of 13 on the day.
Two weeks after breaking open a tight battle with Lebanon with a huge late inning rally, the Canners once again showed how difficult they are to pitch to the third and fourth times through the order.
Vredeveld jokingly talked up his golf game and his sand wedge after fishing for a low pitch and lofting it into center in the home half of the eighth.
Catcher Ryan Kaul followed with a base hit past the shortstop, but Neosho reliever Shaun Panetti got Clint Rose to pop out to Rockets catcher Brandon Egnarski for the second out.
The next seven Canners reached safely to break this one open.
Left fielder Anthony de Galley hit an RBI single to left to drive in Vredeveld with the game-tying run. Third baseman Josh Oswald walked to load the bases and Nick Schmitt drove in the go-ahead run with a walk before Tony Schmitt hit a grand slam to left to make it 8-3.
Dallas Bemis relieved Panetti, but the Canners scored twice more before the inning was over. First baseman Dave McFarland walked, right fielder Shaun Wegner singled and Vredeveld hit a low line drive to left. McFarland scored on the play, and so did Wegner after a throwing error from left field.
Tony Schmitt got the win in relief, retiring all nine batters he faced in three scoreless innings of work including four strikeouts.
Neosho dropped its fourth straight and slipped to 9-6. The Rockets are currently fourth in the league standings with three games to play.
Rockets starter Bayne Johnson held Clyman scoreless for five innings, working his way out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning and stranding six runners total during that stretch.
Neosho backed him with solo homers to left by center fielder Matt Beyer in the second inning and to right by first baseman Alex Lawrence in the fourth. Second baseman Ryan Petri hit a two-out single and scored on right fielder Brad Kaul’s RBI double to left, putting the Rockets up 3-0 through four innings.
The turning point came in the top of the sixth. Lawrence hit a leadoff single for his second hit of the game, advanced to second on a passed ball and was halfway around third on Petri’s line drive to left center. But center fielder Tony Schmitt’s diving grab robbed Petri of an RBI and retired the side.
From there, the Canners chipped away.
Oswald hit a solo shot to right center to make it 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh, after Neosho turned a 6-4-3 double play, de Galley slapped a two-out single to right and Oswald drove him in with an RBI double to center. That hit chased Johnson, who gave up two earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and four walks over 6 2/3 innings.
Clyman loaded the bases when Nick Schmitt walked and Tony Schmitt reached on an error, but Panetti got out of the inning when McFarland flew out to center.
He wouldn’t make it out of the eighth. Panetti took the loss in relief, allowing six earned runs on four hits with no strikeouts and three walks over one inning. Bemis allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits with no strikeouts and one walk over one-third of an inning.
Vredeveld allowed three earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts and one walk over six innings.
Clyman hosts Juneau of Saturday and Watertown on Sunday. Neosho travels to face Hustisford on Friday.
CLYMAN 10, NEOSHO 3
Neosho 010 200 000 — 3 6 4
Clyman 000 001 18X — 10 13 0
WP: T. Schmitt
Leading hitters — Lawrence (N) 2x4, R. Kaul (C) 2x5, de Galley (C) 2x5, Oswald (C) 2x3, Vredeveld (C) 2x5
2B — N (B. Kaul), C (Oswald)
HR — N (Lawrence, Beyer), C (Oswald, T. Schmitt)
HARTFORD — An eight-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Hartford Hawks to a 21-20 Tri-County Nite League victory over Clyman on Wednesday.
Clint Rose had three hits and four RBIs for Clyman. Anthony de Galley and Josh Oswald each drove in three runs. Nick Schmitt, Collin McBride and Kelvin Roe each added two RBIs.
HARTFORD 21, CLYMAN 20
Clyman 013 124 000 — 20 19 2
Hartford 331 022 208 — 21 17 4
Leading hitters — Kaul (C) 2x5, Rose (C) 3x6, Oswald (C) 2x6, N. Schmitt (C) 2x6, T. Schmitt (C) 2x5, McBride (C) 3x6, Roe (C) 3x6, Vredeveld (C) 2x5, Seegers (H) 2x5, Roethle (H) 3x3, Lukes (H) 3x6, Sutton (H) 3x7, Palmer (H) 2x4, Braun (H) 2x6
2B — C (Kaul, McBride, Oswald, Rose, N. Schmitt, T. Schmitt)
3B — H (Lukes, Palmer)
MILTON 9, NEOSHO 4
MILTON — J.T. Smithback had two hits and three RBIs for the Milton Raptors in a 9-4 Rock River League win over the Neosho Rockets on Wednesday.
Zack Lauersdorf, Alex Lawrence, Brad Kaul and Austin Franke each had two hits for Neosho. Travis Wessels had two RBIs.
Dallas Bemis started and took the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on five hits with one strikeout and four walks over three innings. Lauersdorf pitched two innings of scoreless relief. Skyler Debilzen, John Sprtel and Nick Balmer each threw one inning in relief.
Sam McCann went the distance for Milton, allowing four earned runs on 12 hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
MILTON 9, NEOSHO 4
Neosho 000 022 000 — 4 12 3
Milton 052 002 00X — 9 12 0
WP: Sam McCann
Leading hitters — Z. Lauersdorf (N) 2x4, Lawrence (N) 2x5, Kaul (N) 2x4, Franke (N) 2x4, Smithback (M) 2x5, Jacobson (M) 2x3, Haney (M) 2x2
2B — N (Wessels)
HR — M (Kushava)