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Rockets bow in 10 innings
Rocket Jon Killoy is congratulated after getting a single.

It was another gut-wrenching setback for the Richland Center Rockets Sunday. 

The Rockets rallied from an 8-1 deficit to tie the game with three runs in the eighth inning. 

Rick Sarbacker’s run-scoring double in the top of the 10th proved the game-winning hit.

It was the second straight extra-inning loss for the Rockets, now 1-2.

Murphy, who relieved Knudtson, earned the win while John Walsh, who came on in relief of James Oelke, took the loss.Richland Center took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning before defensive lapses enabled Cross Plains to score five runs in the second and three in the third.

The Rockets clawed their way back into to contention with three runs in the bottom of the third and one in the sixth before tying the game in the eighth. 

Todd Wienkes tripled home two runs in the eighth for the Rockets, and Jon Killoy singled home Wienkes to tie the game.

The Rockets had the tying and winning runs aboard in the 10th when a grounder ended the game.

The contest, which began under showery conditions, ended under sunshine three hours later. Rocket first baseman Travis Morris was injured in a collision with a Cross Plains baserunner, He was taken by ambulance from the field, but manager Shaun Ruhland reported after the game reports Morris sustained a stinger and bruising. 

Killoy had three hits and Walsh two for the Rockets, who were outhit, 12-11. Oelke struck out two and walked two in three innings. Walsh walked two and fanned three in seven innings. 


The Rockets are idle in Night League action Thursday night, but they will play two games this weekend. They will play at Waunakee Sunday at 1 p.m. and then face West Middleton, an expansion team, on Memorial Day at North Park.