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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Devils “Long Ball” St. Mary’s, 21-8; Crow and Crews Blast Grand Slams

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  • RAVENSWOOD - Coach Wes Swain’s Ravenswood Red Devil gained revenge for an earlier 8-7 road loss by pounding previously unbeaten St. Mary’s, 21-8, in six innings on Tuesday, collecting 16 hits including a pair of grand slam home runs and another two-run shot at Wright Field.
    St. Mary’s entered the game unbeaten but left with their first loss of the season when Ravenswood senior Devon Crews culminated the Red Devil hitting onslaught with a grand slam home run onto the roof of the FFA building in left field. That four-run blast capped a 10-run bottom of the sixth inning for the Red Devils to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule.
    Senior southpaw Jesse Brown went the distance on the mound for the Red Devils to claim the pitching win, striking out 13, walking six and scattering seven Blue Devil hits over six innings. Brown was tagged for grand slam home run himself in St. Marys’ five-run top of the sixth inning to trim Ravenswood’s 11-3 lead to 11-8, prior to the final Red Devil explosion in the bottom of the inning.
    St. Mary’s grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Ravenswood answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first on a two-run homer by Crews. The Devils made it 5-1 with three runs in the bottom of third and added two more in the bottom of the fourth to lead 7-1.
    St. Mary’s scored twice in the top of the fifth to trim the lead to 7-3, but Ravenswood answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning on Isaac Crow’s grand slam homer over the right-center field fence for an 11-3 advantage.
    The Blue Devils got a grand slam of their own from Chris Riggs as the major part of their five-run top of the sixth to close to 11-8.
    That’s when the Red Devils put the pedal to the metal, scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the inning culminated by Crews’ four-run blast to end the game, 21-8.
    Robbie Harper was a starter for St. Mary’s and the loser, going three innings with two strikeouts, two walks and eight hits allowed. Number 19 came on to pitch one and one-third innings, fanning three, walking two and allowing five Red Devil hits. 2 tossed 1 2/3 inning, fanning two, walking four and allowing three hits including the game-ending grand slam.
    Crews led the fireworks at the plate for Ravenswood with his grand slam, two-run homer and a double in a 3-for-4 performance with seven RBIs. Crow hit a grand slam and double in a 2-for-5 day with five RBIs. Thomas Sturm, Heath Burgess and Matt Perry (two RBIs) swatted a double each. Trey Hatcher, Logan Jarrett, Sturm and Burgess had two hits each.
    Page 2 of 2 - Senior Jarrod Lough went 3-for-5 with a double for St. Marys.
    “Right now this team is as focused as any team we have had in recent years,” said Coach Swain.. They have responded by doing things as a team and I believe they are realizing now that all of them working together as a one are better and than any one individual effort. That has been enjoyable to watch from a coaching standpoint.”
    The blowout victory helped wash the taste of a 11-7 loss at Ritchie County Monday.
    Crews had two hits and Jarrett three RBIs at Ellenboro. Burgess (double) also had two hits, and Hatcher (double), and Matt Peery, one each.
    Nathan Curtis took the pitching loss, tossing one and one-third innings with one walk and six hits allowed. Crow pitched four and two-thirds innings with four strikeouts, one walk and 10 hits allowed.

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