RAVENSWOOD – Sophomore Issac Crow had the Ritchie County Rebels eating crow Thursday at Wright Field, fanning 10 batters including back-to-back hitters with no outs and the tying runs aboard in the seventh inning. And Ravenswood scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 8-6 win.
After a scoreless first inning in which the Devils left the bases loaded, Ravenswood grabbed the momentum in the bottom of the second by exploding for three runs. Heath Burgess led off with an infield single and scored on Thomas Sturms' RBI triple past the left fielder. Sturm scored on Logan Jarrett's RBI single, and Jarrett scored when the Rebels' botched a rundown on a pick-off play on Crow between first and second base.
Ritchie answered with a pair of runs in the top of the third and took the lead 4-3 with two in the top of the fourth on a bases loaded walk with no outs and a sacrifice fly. But Crow got out of the jam by picking off a Ritchie base runner at second for the third out on a slick play to shortstop Devon Crews, stranding two Rebels.
Ritchie went up 6-3 with another pair of runs in the top of the fifth on a two-out, two-run single to right field.
But the Red Devils mustered their own rally in the bottom of the fifth as Crews ripped a leadoff single to left center and stole second, Crow walked and Ben Johnson beat out a one-out infield single. Burgess delivered a sacrifice fly to score pinch runner Zach Miller and Jesse Brown's RBI single scored Johnson. Sturm then drove in Brown with a single to left field to cap the three-run rally for a 6-6 tie.
In the top of the sixth, Crow again imitated escape artist Harry Houdini, by fanning starting Rebel pitcher Tyler Reed for the third out to keep the game tied at 6-6 with Ritchie runners on third and second.
Ravenswood grabbed the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. Logan Jarrett led off with a single to right field, but was forced at second on Crews' fielder's choice. Crow then delivered a single up the right field line past the first baseman, and Crews raced third on the play. A throw to get the sliding Crews at third was late, and Crow broke for second.
The Rebel throw back to second sailed high into right field and Crews scored from third to put Ravenswood up 7-6. Ben Johnson delivered an RBI single to right center to plate Miller pinch running for Crow to pad the Devil advantage to 8-6.
In the top of the seventh, Crow walked the lead off batter and hit the next putting the tying runs on the base paths with no outs. But he then bore down, fanning back-to-back Rebels and enticing the next to fly out to Johnson in center field to the final out.
Page 2 of 2 - In going the distance on the hill, Crow fanned 10, walked seven, hit one batter and scattered six Rebels hits, allowing just three earned runs among the six surrendered.
Tyler Reed absorbed the loss for Ritchie County, pitching four innings with seven strikeouts, three walks and seven hits allowed.
Thomas Sturm led the Devils at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance including a triple and two RBIs. Crews was 2-for-3, Crow 2-for-2, Johnson and Jarrett 2-for-4 each with an RBI and Burgess and Brown 1-for-3 each with an RBI.
#4 (triple) and #2 had a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs for the Rebels. #21 added an RBI double.
Ravenswood led 11-5 but ended up losing 18-11 at Parkersburg South's Hank Greenburg Field last Wednesday.
The Devils sent 12 batters to the plate, scoring seven runs for an 8-5 lead in the top of the third inning, and added a single run in the fourth and two more in the fifth for their 11-5 lead.
But the Red Devils then imploded including committing seven errors as the Patriots scored 10 in the fifth and three more in the sixth to turn the tables and win the game, 18-11.
Heath Burgess took the pitching loss for Ravenswood, while A.J. Easter got the win for South.
Devon Crews went 3-for-3 at the plate with a triple, double and four RBIs to pace the Devils. Logan Jarrett and Issac Crow added two hits each to Ravenswood's 10-hit attack.
Hunter Hamilton was 3-for-5 for the Patriots, and Jacob Wilcox, Tre Jackson, Jordan Braniff and Dylan Weaver added two hits each. Easter helped his own cause with an RBI triple.