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  • Red Devils Down Parkersburg South, Crush Roane in LKC Playoffs; Fall to St. Mary’s in Final

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  • Whenever the Ravenswood Red Devils play, it’s a pretty safe bet that they’re going to hit and score runs.  They did that in bunches last Wednesday and Thursday night in games against the Parkersburg South Patriots, which the Red Devils won 12-2 and against the Roane County Raiders in a Little Kanawha Conference playoff matchup, with Ravenswood crushing the Raiders 10-0.
    “The guys did everything we asked them to do,’ said Red Devil head coach Wes Swain, “We won all phases of the game.  We hit the ball hard, executed plays, threw strikes, and had solid defense behind our pitchers.”
    Jesse Brown got the win over the Patriots, going two innings, while allowing only one hit and striking out two batters.  Isaac Crow also pitched two innings, gave up no hits, and struck out two batters himself.  Devon Crews closed the game out in the final inning, giving up two hits and striking out one batter.
    At the plate, senior second baseman Heath Burgess had a big night for the Red Devils, going 2-4 with 3 RBIs.  Devon Crews added to his gaudy offensive numbers, going 2-4 with a home run.  Matt Peerry went 2-3 with an RBI, Trey Hatcher went 2-3 with a double, and Benjamin Johnson went 2-3 with an RBI.
    The Red Devils jumped all over the Roane County Raiders in the LKC semi final matchup on Thursday night, breezing to a 10-0 victory.
    Crow got the win on the mound for the Devils, going 5 strong innings, while giving up two walks, one hit, and striking out nine batters.  Sophomore Jonathan Watkins closed the game out in the last inning with no hits and no walks.
    Crews continued to mash the ball, much like he’s done all year, going 3-3 with two doubles, a triple, and three RBIs. 
    Crews is now one RBI shy of tying the school record for RBIs in a season.  Junior Rhys Jelich also went 3-3 with a triple, Burgess went 2-3 with an RBI, and Crow helped his own cause by going 1-2 with a double and two RBIs.
    Swain was clearly pleased with his team’s offensive output, but was also thrilled with his team’s mental approach and execution.
    “Isaac Crow threw strikes and threw the ball well and we didn’t allow any free runners on,” Swain said, “When you do that and play solid defense, you will usually win games.”
    Michael Stout lived up to his name Friday night for St. Marys, handcuffing the Ravenswood Red Devils for a three-hit shut-out in a 10-0, five-inning win in the LKC championship game on the Blue Devils’ home diamond.
    Page 2 of 2 - Isaac Crow collected a double, and Devon Crews and Thomas Sturm, one single each to account for the Red Devils offensive output in the game.
    Jesse Brown tossed five innings for the Devils in absorbing the loss, fanning none, walking three and scattering eight hits while allowing eight runs. Heath Burgess also pitched, fanning none, walking one and scattering four hits with four runs allowed.

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