Big 4th inning propels Valmeyer past Burger King Capahas, 8-5

Sunday, June 18, 2017
The Burger King Capahas' Ross James hits a three-run home run in the fourth inning against Valmeyer, Illinois, on Saturday in Valmeyer, Illinois.
Wayne McPherson ~ Special to the Southeast Missourian

The Burger King Capahas baseball team was undone by a four-run fourth inning, as Valmeyer, Illinois, came away with an 8-5 win on Saturday in Valmeyer, Illinois.

Valmeyer trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the fourth. The team's first two batters were hit by a pitch before Mark Early provided an RBI single to cut the hosts' deficit to 4-3. Frank Hill followed with a two-run double that put Valmeyer ahead for good, and a sacrifice fly by Jim Tourette extended the lead to 6-4. Valmeyer added a run in the sixth and another in the eighth.

Starting pitcher Ross James lasted seven innings and took the loss on the mound, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits. He struck out 10 batters and walked five.

Early threw six innings and was credited with the pitching win for Valmeyer. He struck out eight batters and walked four, allowing six runs.

James helped himself at the plate when he blasted a three-run home run in the top of the fourth that gave the Capahas (3-4) their only lead of the game, 4-2. Drew Harper added a pair of base hits for the Caps, who compiled five in the game.

Tourette led Valmeyer at the plate, finishing with three hits and a pair of runs scored.

The Caps return to action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against host Fairview, Illinois.

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