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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Cubides' walk-off stings Jackets, 9-8

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  • EASTWOOD - Freshman Claudia Cubides, aka The Tasmanian Devilette, has already built a reputation for making things happen on the basketball court. Tuesday evening at Eastwood, Taz extended her funnel cloud to the softball diamond, blasting a towering two-out, two-run, walk-off homer over the left centerfield fence to give AA #10-ranked Ravenswood (8-1) a 9-8 win over visiting Williamstown.
    Cubides’ dramatics culminated a knockdown, drag out slugfest between Coach Cindy Carmichael’s Devilettes and the Yellow jackets, who had handed Ravenswood their only setback so far, 8-0, earlier.
    Savana Casto won her eighth game of the early season versus just the single loss with a complete-game, 11-strikeout performance. Casto walked just one batter over the seven innings while scattering nine hits.
    Cierra King took the loss for Williamstown, fanning one, walking five and allowing nine Devilette hits.
    Cubides led the Ravenswood hit  parade with her walk-off homer, two singles and three RBIs. Ariana Kennedy collected three singles; Savana Casto, a two-run double and RBI single; Bayli Manns, a RBI single; and Jordan Strickland, a single.
    Emrie Gray led the Yellow Jackets with a double and two singles and two RBIs. Courtney Townsend and King added RBI doubles; and Ashton Chancellor, a double.
    Ravenswood grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, before Williamstown struck for five runs in the top of the third.
    The Devilette answered with a run in the bottom of the frame and then took the lead 6-5 with three runs in the bottom of the fourth on Casto’s two-run double and Bayli Manns’ RBI single.
    The Jackets tied the game at 6-6 with a run in the top of the fifth off a passed ball. Ravenswood re-took the lead at 7-6 in the bottom of the frame.
    It looked as though the Devilettes would win with two out in the top of the seventh, but Williamstown struck with two outs on Cierra King’s RBI double and then scored on a passed ball for a 8-7 lead.
    That set up Cubides’ heroics, after Jordan Strickland reached with one out on an infield flare that got over the pitcher’s head and fell in as the pitcher and second baseman collided trying to catch the ball. Strickland advanced to second base on a passed ball. With two out, Cubides then jacked the two-run game winner, and was mobbed at the plate after circling the bases.

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