With one swing of the bat, Ryne Roper changed the complexion of Tuesday's ballgame with Carterville.
The senior stepped to the plate in the bottom half of the first inning as the lead off hitter for the Bulldogs and the first pitch he saw from Carterville right hander Austin Swalls, Roper sent screaming over the pole down the left field line.
Roper's solo shot tied the game at one, but that only began the offensive onslaught in the bottom half of the frame as the Bulldogs put up four runs en route to a 8-1 final Tuesday at Dorris Heights.
Roper also figured into the win as Harrisburg's starting pitcher, improving to 2-0 on the year. The future University of Illinois product worked four innings, allowing two hits and one run, while striking our four and walking one.
Cody Hall came in for relief and struck out three, while issuing one walk and one hit.
Matthew Phipps worked a perfect seventh as Harrisburg went to 2-0 on the year.
Carterville dropped to 1-3 on the season as Swalls picked up the loss, giving up five earned runs over two innings. The freshman gave up three hits and four walks.
Carterville's Stephen Wood got the Lions on the board in the first inning when he singled into shallow right field and scored on a ripped double to left center by Sam Stearns.
Harrisburg countered in the first with Roper's solo shot to start the inning and followed that up with a two-run home run by Justin Younger, scoring himself and Cooper Thompson. Thompson poked a single into right field in his at-bat, scoring Hall who reached base via walk.
The Bulldogs got a run in the second when Ryan Luce scored on a fielder's choice by Cooper Thompson and got a run in the third when Sykes Thompson came away with an RBI single down the first base line in the third inning.
Harrisburg put up two more runs in the sixth inning as Carson Batts' RBI double to deep left field scored Younger and Chris Wilsey followed suit with a hit, allowing Batts to score on a throwing error.
Younger finished his day 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, while Roper was 2-for-4 with a home run. Cooper Thompson finished 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and Sykes Thompson was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Batts and Wilsey were both 1-for-1 with Batts finishing with one RBI.
Harrisburg's game with St. Teresa High School on Friday has been cancelled. The Bulldogs will play host to Rochelle and Pinckneyville on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. at Dorris Heights.
Massac County 10, Carrier Mills 0
The Carrier Mills-Stonefort baseball team was shutout on the road Tuesday, falling to Massac County 10-0.
Page 2 of 2 - Darren Betz went 2-for-2 at the plate, while Tyler Cantrell finished 1-for-2.
Dalton Summers picked up the loss, going 1 2/3 of an inning, allowing eight runs on seven hits, while walking two.
Loren Whiting came in for relief, allowing one run on one hit, while striking out three and walking one. Betz finished out the last 1/3 of the game, giving up two hits and one run.
Carrier Mills is scheduled to play at Hardin County on Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m.
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