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  • Crews blasts two grand slams, Crow hurls no hitter as Devils roll Tyler

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  • RAVENSWOOD – Fernando Tatis did it for the Saint Louis Cardinals in 1999 in what was the first feat of its kind in Major League Baseball. Devon Crews did it for Ravenswood High in 2014. Crews is after all, a hitting machine. His .468 BA last season was no fluke and his senior campaign has gotten off to a strong start for Coach Wes Swain’s Red Devil baseball team.
    Ravenswood swept Tyler Consolidated on Saturday in a twin bill, 21-7 and 20-3.
    In what statistically appears to be pretty solid football victories the Devils, the games did actually require bats and baseballs. The red and black were actually down 6-0 after an inning.
    Crews, an All LKC/All State Selection in 2013, blasted two grand slams in the same inning during the second frame of game one of the twin billing.
    “I couldn’t believe that it happened when the second one cleared the wall,” said Crews. “When I hit it, I knew it was gone. I had to put it behind me immediately and think about hitting line drives again for my team. When you swing for the fences you tend to get a lot of pop ups.”
    Prep baseball records are sketchy and confirming them is virtually impossible. It is widely believed that the feat hasn’t happened in West Virginia and if it has, it has not been recorded statistically for archival purposes.
    Crews has expressed interest in playing collegiate baseball after he graduates in June, the 1000-yard rusher for the Ravenswood football team certainly did nothing on this day to hurt those chances.
    “Devon did a good job of reeling it back in and stroking line drives again in game two and not trying to do too much,” said Coach Swain. “He had an incredible day, but many of our guys hit well today.”
    The Devils scored 21 runs in that second inning and coasted to victory. Isaac Crow also belted a gigantic  3-run round tripper in the inning. Heath Burgess and Thomas Sturm had three hits in the game while Matt Peery had a pair. Crews blasted the two homeruns and finished with those eight RBIs. Burgess handled the lion’s share of the pitching striking out three in three innings. Sturm and Crews threw an inning each.
    It was more of the same in game two for the Red Devils, winning 20-3. Isaac Crow threw a 5-inning no hitter for the Red Devils. First pitch strikes provided success for Crow and allowed him to consistently get ahead in the count. Crow fanned 11 Tyler hitters in a masterful performance.
    The 6-foot-5 multi-sport athlete stymied Tyler hitters while contributing two RBIs to the offense. Infielder P.J. Click was the offensive hero in this contest. Click provided six RBIs and three hits while Logan Jarrett had two hits and drove in a pair. Burgess drove in two for the Red Devils.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Several young players got some playing time and I am pleased that they are anxious to get in there and have accepted their role and want to learn and get better,” said Swain. “We have to outwork everyone else. I think the guys realize that. We did a great job of showing some discipline at the plate and laying back on the off speed pitches. I was pleased with our effort today.” The victories left Ravenswood at (2-1) on the young baseball season. Ravenswood played at Saint Marys on Monday.

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