Updated Sat, Apr 5, 2014 10:48 pm
Rio Grande’s David Steele threw a shutout while allowing only one hit, to lead his RedStorm to a 12-0 victory over the Bluefield Rams in Virginia on Saturday. RedStorm outfielder Marcus Makuch picked up two hits and drove in five runs.
“Makuch had some timely hits, played well and really stepped up," Rio Grande head coach Brad Warnimont.
The win marked the RedStorm’s third in a row, as they continue the climb to a winning record. Rio Grande did the bulk of its scoring in the fifth inning where it picked up six runs. Makuch knocked in three of his five RBI in the inning with a double into left field.
Left fielder Chris Ford also played well for the RedStorm, picking up two hits in three at-bats while also adding three runs, two of which came in the pivotal fifth inning. Ford has been a spark for Rio Grande, batting .458 over his last four games.
“He’s in a groove right now,” Warnimont said. “[He’s] hitting the ball really well. [I] hope it continues.”
With only a third of the season left, Rio Grande is only four games away from .500 baseball and can still make a playoff run.
Kaleb Houchins started the game for the Rams and allowed three runs, but only one hit. His replacement, Zac Russel-Meyers, couldn’t do much to stop the Rio Grande offense as he allowed nine hits and nine earned runs.