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March 24, 2013

Rams sweep past Mattoon

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Thomas Weber threw a pair of hitless innings in relief of Flota.

Defensively, the Rams made several strong plays late in the game.

Williams and Sawyer Harrison started the inning with a pair of solid plays behind Weber.

“Defense has been great for us this year,” Holloway said. “It’s been a trademark of ours for a while. (I’m) really pleased with how solid they’ve been. You’re going to make some great plays now and then, but they’re making the routine plays every time.”

Game Two

The second half of the doubleheader was another pitcher’s duel.

This time Thomas squared off against Mattoon’s Alex Stone. The Rams got just two hits in the game but made the most of them because of their fundamental approach.

Thomas walked with one out in the first inning. He moved to second on a wild pitch and took third on a fielder’s choice. Meador provided a clutch hit with a single to give the Rams a 1-0 edge. Hayden Poninski knocked a single, stole second and moved to third on a fielder’s choice. Thomas grounded a ball to second base, allowing Poninski to trot in for a 2-0 lead.

“The wind’s blowing in,” Holloway said. “There’s not going to be a lot of balls hit in the gaps today, but some days you have to do whatever you can to get that run scratched across.”

Mattoon was able to get several hits against Thomas but the lefty hurler kept the Green Wave from stringing together a big rally. Mattoon had a trio of hits in the opening three innings but stranded every runner.

The Green Wave closed to within a run in the fourth with an RBI groundout.

Late in the game Thomas and the Rams defense used pickoff moves as their best defensive weapon. Thomas erased a base runner with a move in the fifth.

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