The Rally Factory Rock Hounds had some highs and lows this weekend, capped off by a coaching change. Andrew Ayers, the Rock Hounds skipper this season, was promoted at Sacramento State University, which forced him to exit the summer early. "We are very happy for Coach Ayers. He did a great job for us this summer", General Manager Scott Stover explained. "The goal is to keep climbing the ladder in college coaching, and coach Ayers is doing just that. This is the right step for him". Pitching coach Robbie Rogers will take over as the team's leader for the remaining two weeks. "He's done a good job with the pitchers, and he ran the team the first weekend when coach Ayers was away at the WAC conference tournament in May. It's the logical choice." The Hounds travel to Palo Alto to take on the Puff Caps, before heading up to Arcata to take on the Humbolt Crabs in a 3-game series over the weekend.
The Hounds hosted the Reno Astros in a double header on Saturday, where they squeaked out a sweep. The Hounds pulled out a 11-8 win in game 1, behind a good showing by Wyatt McCampbell out of the bull pen. In game 2, the Hounds used a 6-run bottom of the 8th, and held on to win in the 9th on a walk-off walk.
Sunday's games did not work in favor of the Hounds. After taking an 8-7 lead in game 1 vs the Neptune Beach Pearl, the bull pen gave up single runs in the 6th and 7th innings, handing the Rock Hounds the 9-8 defeat. In the finale on Sunday, the Hounds pitching showed it's fatigue in a 14-0 romping. The Hounds dropped to 14-16 on the season.