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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Red Devils roll over Yellow Jackets, 15-5; take down Crusaders, 9-3

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  • The Ravenswood Red Devil baseball team–winners of three straight–is gearing up for tournament play.  The Red Devils (19-7) rolled over the Williamstown Yellow Jackets 15-5 at home on Monday night, and then traveled to Parkersburg Catholic on Tuesday night and defeated the Crusaders, 9-3.
    Senior pitcher Jesse Brown got the win for the Red Devils against Williamstown, going all six innings, while surrendering three walks, two hits, no runs, and striking out nine batters.
    Senior shortstop Devon Crews led the way offensively, going 2-4 with two three-run home runs, sophomore Logan Jarrett went 2-3 with a double and an RBI, junior Matt Perry went 2-3 with two doubles, and junior Ben Johnson went 2-4.
    “This team has continued to grow since the beginning of last year,” said Ravenswood head coach Wes Swain, “Everyone of these young men have gotten better and they have continued to learn what it is like to be a team. They need each other to be successful. It has carried down to some of our young players as some of them have begun to contribute at the varsity level.”
    Against Parkersburg Catholic, senior Heath Burgess got the win on the mound for the Red Devils.  Burgess went the distance for Ravenswood, all seven innings, and gave up two walks, six hits, and struck out three batters.
    Jarrett was the top hitter for the Devils, going 4-4 with a double and two RBIs, Burgess helped his own cause, going 2-4 with three stolen bases, junior Rhys Jelich went 2-4 with a triple and an RBI, and sophomore Patrick Click went 2-4 with two RBIs.
    Swain was obviously thrilled with the results, but it is the trickle down effect on his younger players that is one of the main reasons for his team’s success so far this season.
    “All of the players seem to be in games and this helps in learning the game,” Swain noted, “Our JV team swept a doubleheader against Buffalo last Saturday 2-1 and 4-3 and played very well, which is a direct reflection of them being coachable, and the learning process of baseball both in the physical and the mental parts of the game.”

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