ROCK FALLS – Donnie Chappell had nothing to be happy about.
The nothing the Rock Falls coach was happy about were the no walks issued and no errors committed by the Rockets in their 13-0 five-inning romp past Winnebago in Big Northern Conference West play Tuesday.
"For the first time this year we had no walks and no errors," Chappell said. "You can't afford to do what we've been doing, which is walking people and kicking the ball around."
Rock Falls pitcher Jace Anderson (1-0) faced just three batters over the minimum, hurling a three-hit shutout. He struck out two.
"My changeup was working pretty well," Anderson said. "My fastball was all right. My curveball, I was struggling with a little bit, but I found it later in the game."
"That's what Jace does," Chappell said. "They're going to put the ball in play on him, and hopefully we make the plays. He did a great job. He was very efficient."
The Rockets (4-3, 1-1) built a quick 7-0 advantage with two runs in the first inning and five more in the second.
Rock Falls' first-inning runs came on an errant pickoff throw. The Rockets rapped out five hits in the second. Eddie Nelson had a two-run double, Steven Armoska an RBI double, freshman Clay Velazquez an RBI single and Austin Donoho an RBI groundout.
After its only scoreless inning in the third, Rock Falls put the game away with six more runs in the fourth. The Rockets had three hits in the inning and took advantage of three walks, two errors, a hit batsman, a balk and a wild pitch.
Armoska had an RBI fielder's choice and Velazquez drew a bases-loaded walk.
Rock Falls had 11 hits, five of them doubles.
"Jace pitched a great game and we tried to back him up at the plate and score some runs for him," said Donoho, who was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles. "I just try to get some good pitches to swing at. Today, fortunately I did put a couple good swings on it."
Anderson, Trace Hippen and Jacob Mammosser also had multiple hits for the Rockets.
Winnebago (1-2, 1-2) managed just three singles, one each coming in the second, third and fourth innings.
Star of the game: Jace Anderson, Rock Falls, 3-hit shutout, 2-for-2
Key performers: Austin Donoho, Rock Falls, 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI; Eddie Nelson, Rock Falls, 2-run 2B, 2 R
Up next: Rock Island at Rock Falls, 4:30 p.m. today