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Rockport tops Remington in first state game Tuesday

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PLYMOUTH— Jon Stallings pitched a five-hitter and Rockport got off to a  fast offensive start to beat Remington 7-1 in the opening round of the American Legion baseball state tourney Tuesday.
Rockport, 22-9, was scheduled to play Terre Haute in the second round of the eight-team tourney Wednesday.
Rockport jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings and then rode the left arm of Stallings to the next round.
The South Spencer senior allowed just five hits and two walks and struck out five.
He also got help from a strong defense that didn’t commit an error. Third baseman Logan Wilkerson, son of former Tell City baseball coach Jason Wilkerson, made two outstanding plays.
After going scoreless four straight innings, Rockport added one run in the seventh and three more in the eighth to put the contest out of reach.
Kobe Stephens paced the Rockport offense, going 3 for 5 with two runs scored.
Gant Miller and Wilkerson each drove in two runs.
Miller’s sacrifice fly after Chandler Roberts’ triple gave Rockport a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Rockport also took advantage of sloppy Post 280 fielding, as three errors resulted in four unearned runs.
Rockport scored its three eighth-inning runs without a hit. Austin Paulin was hit by a pitch, two errors followed, and Wilkerson drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly.