Ranchers Win Season Opener, Fall in Second Game of DH to Addison

Game one of the two game Opening Day set on Sunday started hopeful as the Ranchers scored one run in the top of the first, followed by the Braves tying it up in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the fourth, the Ranchers scored another making the score 2-1. In the top of the fifth, the Ranchers caught fire as they rallied six runs to take a lead of 8-1 going into the bottom of the inning.

The Braves managed to score one run but couldn’t figure out Michael McMannon (1-0) on the mound as he shut down Addison, picking up the win. Connor Murphy started the game and received a no-decision.

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In game two of the pair, the Ranchers had a rough start as Zach Dickstein (0-1) started for ‘Stead. After one and a half scoreless innings, the Braves scored four runs off of Dickstein in the bottom of the second inning, all unearned.

The Ranchers followed up in the top of the third with two runs as a pair of singles and walks along with a sacrifice fly gave the Ranch signs of life. They would go on to score another run in the top of the fourth as Ameer Cannon legged out a triple and later scored on Nick Johnson’s sac fly. John Toraason would give up an earned run in the bottom of the sixth as another would score on a HBP with the bases loaded.

In the top of the seventh, Joe Rossi walked and would later score on a double from Fred Smart. Smart was driven in on a single from Taylor Field. Cannon went down on strikes as the Ranchers failed to keep the rally going and fell in game two of the set. Dickstein received the loss against the Addison Braves.

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