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Rattlers Sweep Conference Opening DH

<p><strong>Ball gets away</strong>. Cody Shelton runs down a loose ball while a Danville runner scores in a nonconference game at Magazine last week.</p>

Ball gets away. Cody Shelton runs down a loose ball while a Danville runner scores in a nonconference game at Magazine last week.

After a wild nonconference loss to Danville on Tuesday the Magazine Rattlers opened conference 2A-4 play with a double header sweep of Johnson County Westside.

Rattlers 7, 14

JC Westside 0, 1

Layton Robinson threw four shutout innings in the opener of the twin-bill of five innings and came back to throw the first two innings of a three inning game in the nightcap.

Robinson struck out eight and allowed just one hit in the opener. He also picked off a runner who reached second after hitting into a fielder’s choice and swiping second in the fourth inning.

The Rattlers had little trouble reaching base themselves. Brent Loyd was hit by a pitch to open the game and swiped second. He scored on a double by Shaeffer Loyd, who scored on a single by Mason Suttles.

A walk and a balk led to a Rattler run in the third and four fifth inning runs added plenty of insurance and allowed Robinson to take the final inning off.

Shaeffer Loyd and Suttles both walked to start the fifth and after another balk, a ground ball by Robinson got a run home and Ethan Fairbanks drove in a run and Alex Elkins plated two more.

The second game got out of hand quickly as Magazine chased three pitchers in the first inning alone. By the time the walk infested at bat ended it was 8-0. Robinson had one of the bigger hits with a two run double.

The second inning wasn’t much of the same and included a three-run double by Brent Loyd.

Danville 28 Rattlers 16

Counting Brent Loyd twice the Rattlers used five pitchers in a game that took 2:55 to play Tuesday.

Shaffer Loyd started it and allowed three first inning runs before giving way to Brent Loyd but the Rattlers scored six first inning runs. Magazine added nine runs in the second and led 15-7.

Then the wheels came off. Danville scored five in the third and seven in the fourth as Shaffer Loyd gave way to Ethan Fairbanks.

Fairbanks eventually surrendered the mound to Brent Loyd again, who came out in favor of Mason Suttles but walks, errors and several hits saw Danville pull out to leads of 19-15, 23-16 and, ultimately, the final.

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