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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Ravenswood 7-8 year old coach pitch All-Stars roll on through summer tournaments

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  • PARKERSBURG – The Ravenswood 7-8 year old All-Star coach pitch team has continued to roll on through summer tournaments, with the most recent coming at the Tri-C tournament in Parkersburg.
     In pool play, Ravenswood trounced the host team, Tri-C, 12-2. They then defeated Athens 10-6 and dropped Wellston 14-4 to take first place in their bracket.  In the knockout round of the tournament, Ravenswood defeated Vienna 14-2 to advance.  In the semi-finals, they fell behind Worthington 17-9 before a bad lightning storm delayed the game in the bottom of the 5th inning, an then came back two days later to complete the game, but ultimately fell 20-17 in a shootout. They were able to bounce back to defeat Athens 13-3 to finish the tournament in third place.
    “The Worthington game was the first game that our defense really let us down,” said head coach Greg Curry,  “Defense has been our strong suit all summer long which is evident from the scores of our games.  I was really proud of how the kids fought back to finish the game against Worthington and in beating Athens for third place.  Most kids that age are hard to pick up after losing a game like that.”
    Ravenswood also traveled to Parkersburg for the tournament hosted by Worthington. On the first night of pool play, they avenged the loss to Worthington in the previous tournament by beating them 11-8 on their home field.  Ravenswood followed that up by pounding Marietta 15-3 in their next game.  They dropped a close game to the Warren War Eagles, 18-15 on the second night of pool play.
    After the tournament was delayed an entire day because of rain, Ravenswood met their cross county rival, Ripley.  The game ended up being a very good defensive battle with neither team hitting as well as they normally would, and Ravenswood edged out Ripley 7-4 to close out pool play with a 3-1 record.  The Little Devils went into single elimination as the #4 seed out of 12 teams.  In their first game, they took on the Worthington D team, and put together a terrific all around performance to win 15-5 in four innings to advance to the semi-finals.  They met the #1 ranked Coolville Diamond Dawgs in the semis, and once again played some of their best baseball of the summer, dropping the top seed 11-3.
    “After the game, Coolville’s coach told us that we were the best team they had seen all summer,” Curry recalled,  “He was especially complimentary of the way our kids played as a team.”  
    Ravenswood met a familiar foe in the championship, as they once again took on Worthington for the third time in less than a week.  In this matchup, the Little Devils played their most complete game of the summer, dispatching Worthington 10-0 in four innings and bring the championship home to Ravenswood.  
    Page 2 of 2 - “All year long, I’ve told the kids that defense wins championships,” Curry said,  “In coach pitch, almost every team can hit the ball consistently, but what separates the great teams from the good teams, is defense.”
    The Little Devils will compete in one of their last tournaments of the summer this coming weekend, holding a coach pitch tournament at the Ravenswood fields on Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd.  
    The Ravenswood coaching staff would like to invite everybody in the community to come watch their team, along with a second team from Ravenswood, coached by David Hood and Tommy Wolfe.  The Ripley coach pitch travel team will also be competing in the tournament.
    “If these boys continue to work and play the game the way they play it now,” Curry concluded, “The future for Ravenswood baseball is very bright.”

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