EASTWOOD – Ravenswood's Red Devilettes had unbeaten Roane County on the ropes Friday night at Eastwood, but it was the Raiders who scored the knock-out with 10 runs in the fifth inning.
Coach Cindy Carmichael's gals gave up a single run in the first inning, but then grabbed a 4-1 advantage with a pair of runs in each of the second and third inning.
Senior Holly Chiles ripped a two-out double down the left field line in the second and advanced to third when Ciara Trouille reached on an error. Both scored on Jordan Strickland's single and an error on the center fielder that allowed Strickland to advance all the way to third base.
Ravenswood struck again in the bottom of the third to go up 4-1. Sidnee Morgan singled and Katie Buckbee reached on a error. Both scored when Chiles ripped a two-run single to left field.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the wheels suddenly came for the Devilettes. Walks sandwiched around a double that kissed off the chalk of the right field line by pitcher Casey Lassiter started the Raider explosion. Back-to-back RBI singles were followed by a hit batsman. Another walk and a error kept the scoring barrage going. A two-run double ended the 10-run outburst to give Roane County a 11-4 lead.
Ravenswood scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to trim the Raider lead to 11-6 on a two-run double by Chiles
But the Raiders answered with seven more runs in the sixth inning, chasing Devilette starter Savanah Casto. Chiles finished the inning allowing two of the seven runs.
Ravenswood scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn't enough as the game ended by mercy rule, 18-9.
Lassiter got the pitching win for Roane, fanning six, walking two and allowing nine hits.
Casto absorbed the loss, pitching 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts, six walks and 10 hits allowed. She also hit one batter. Chiles tossed the final 2/3 inning, walking one and allowing two hits.
At the plate, Holly Chiles paced the Devilettes with two doubles and a single and four RBIs. Sidnee Morgan added a triple, single and RBI; Savana Casto two singles and an RBI; Jordan Strickland, a double and two RBIs; and Katie Buckbee, an RBI single.
For the Raiders, Cassidy Taylor went 4-for-5 with three doubles and five RBIs. Miranda Hall was 3-for-4 with a triple, two doubles and two RBIs; Shyanne Starcher, 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs; and Lassiter, 2-for-4 with two doubles.