RUSH SPRINGS —
If best baseball is saved for the postseason, Rush Springs is pretty much right on schedule.
The No. 11 Redskins brushed Dibble aside on Thursday to win district in a best of three series with an 11-0 run-rule win followed by another 12-0 thumping. Rush Springs moves on emphatically to regionals, which begin next week.
A slow start in game 1 gave way to a flood of runs as the Redskins powered through two differend Dibble pitchers. Logan Ruiz held on for three innings, but everything blew wide open in the fourth.
Rush Springs took a 3-0 lead courtesy of a Colt Beard RBI single and an RBI from Tanner Foster in the third. After a few walks, James Harris stepped up with the bases loaded and couldn't have got things more right.
With what has to be one of his sweetest hits of the season, Harris crushed the ball well over the left field fence to clear the bases and put the game beyond any doubt. All but one player in the Rush Springs lineup crossed home plate in the fourth.
Even by then, Rush Springs already looked assured of a victory. Holden Nichols went 3-for-3 with a walk while scoring a run on the afternoon. Brayden Moreno scored twice with two RBI, hitting 1-for-2. Harris' home run was his only hit, but he got on base in all three at bats.
The Redskins carried that momentum into game 2, immediately hoping out to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the second with a pair of two-run home runs from Josh Borski and Colt Beard. Beard got another in the bottom of the fourth for a 10-0 lead.