The red-hot Ravenswood Red Devils rallied to beat Gilmer County, 11-5, at Sue Morris Sports Complex in Glenville Friday to claim the Little Kanawha Conference Baseball Championship for the first time since 2003.
GLENVILLE - The red-hot Ravenswood Red Devils rallied to beat Gilmer County, 11-5, at Sue Morris Sports Complex in Glenville Friday to claim the Little Kanawha Conference Baseball Championship for the first time since 2003.
Trailing 4-2, the Red Devils erupted for four runs in the fourth inning and tacked on five more runs in the sixth to win going away.
Senior southpaw Ethan Mahan fired a complete game for the pitching win in the tgitle game, fanning four, walking two and scattering seven hits with five runs (four earned).The Gilmer County Titans (22-8) got on the scoreboard first when Bradley McHenry scored on a throwing error in the top half of the opening frame.
The Titans tacked on two more runs in the third inning on Hunter Self’s RBI triple and McHenry’s RBI groundout, making it 3-0.
Ravenswood (19-8) answered with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third, with a two-run single by Lakin Tucker as the capping blow.
Gilmer got one of those back in the top of the fourth when Joey Frame scored on a squeeze bunt, but the Red Devils andwere with a four-run explosion in the bottom half of the fourth to take the lead.
With the bases loaded and one out, Luke Miller laced a two-run single to left to tie the game. Stephen Dawson scored on a wild pitch give the Devils the lead a 5-4. Mahan then helped his own cause with an RBI single to make it 6-4.
After near misses by both teams, Ravenswood (leading 6-5) got a bases-loaded, two-run single from Lakin Tucker to push the Red Devils to an 8-5 advantage. Chase Swain and Dawson followed with doubles to make it 11-5 Ravenswood.
Mhan then slammed the door to seal the conference championship win for his Red Devils.
Jacob Persinger took the pitching loss for the Titans, going 3.1 innings with two strikeouts and two walks. Dalton Rose tossed 1.3 innings in relief; and Logan Pritt, one inning.
Lakin Tucker led the Red Devils at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored. Blake Bennett went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored; Stephen Dawson, 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored; Andrew Anglin, 2-for-4 with a run scored; Luke Miller, 1-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored; Chase Swain, 1-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored; Ethan Mahan, 1-for-2 with an RBI and run scored; Jake Greene, 1-for-3; and Ciah Kennedy scored a run.
RAAVENSWOOD 5—CLAY COUNTY 3
Chase Swain hit a pair of home runs, knocking in four runs and scored twice, while pitching five-hitter with seven strikeouts in Ravenswood’s 5-3 win over Clay County at Wright Field in the LKC Baseball playoff semifinals Thursday. Swain walked two and allowed three runs (one earned).
Blake Bennett went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored; Lakin Tucker, 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored; and Jake Greene and Ethan Mahan, 1-for-3 each.
Blake Bennett, Lakin Tucker and Sam Sturm had two stolen bases each; and Jake Greene, one.
The Red Devils (19-8) open Class A Region IV, Section 1 Tournament play today (Tuesday) by hosting the winner of Wahama-Calhoun County.