Layton Robinson struck out 12 Hornets in four innings in the opener of a double header Tuesday. He followed that up with four innings in the second game, striking out 10 more before reaching his eight inning maximum for the day, picking up a pair of wins in the sweep.
Robinson, who answers to the nickname “Spanky,” also supported his own mound duty by driving in two runs in each game as Magazine won 8-2 and 4-1.
The opener saw Robinson mowing down Hornets from the start as the first nine fanned. The first ball in play, in the fourth inning, was a tap back to Robinson on the mound but the senior was forced to record three more strike outs because one hitter reached on a missed third strike.
It was scoreless until the third when Mason Suttles singled and stole second with two down. Suttles scored on a single by Robinson.
Magazine scored seven times in the fourth with Robinson driving in one run and Suttles providing the big hit with a three run triple.
The big lead allowed head coach Randy Loyd to turn to Shaffer Loyd to finish it and save an inning for Robinson.
In the 4-1 nightcap – Robinson allowed an unearned run after a strike out victim reached base and came around to score in the first – Robinson hit a sacrifice fly to plate leadoff man Brent Loyd in the first and he drove in Loyd again in the third.
Mason Suttles had beat out a bunt to score a run earlier in that inning and it was 3-1.
Cody Cherry walked and scored on a single by Jason Lovell in the fourth to give the Rattlers a little insurance to complete the sweep.
Scranton 17 Rattlers 16 (11 innings)
The Rockets scored a run in the bottom of the 11th to end a marathon game Friday in Scranton.
The game was tied at 14 through the regulation seven innings, 15 through eight, and 16 through the ninth and 10th frames.
Scranton led 6-1 after one inning but Magazine drew within 10-9 going to the bottom of the sixth. Scranton added two in the bottom of the inning to make it 12-9 but Magazine actually took a 14-12 lead in the top of the seventh.
In that inning only Jason Lovall managed a hit and Scranton committed three errors and walked two, Layton Robinson intentionally.
After it was tied Magazine went ahead again in the eighth on an RBI single by Shaffer Loyd. They did so again in the ninth on Lovall’s RBI single.
Loyd and Cody Shelton both drove in three in the game.