Swain delivered the game-winning RBI single to cap Ravenswood’s three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 6-5 win over Class A #6-ranked Williamstown and the 2018 Class A Region 4, Section 1 baseball crown Saturday afternoon at Wright Field.
No, not Chase…Hayden.

Swain delivered the game-winning RBI single to cap Ravenswood’s three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 6-5 win over Class A #6-ranked Williamstown and the 2018 Class A Region 4, Section 1 baseball crown Saturday afternoon at Wright Field.

No, not Chase…Hayden.

But Chase also had a big game for the Red Devils of dad/coach Wes Swain. 

All Chase did was go 3-for-3 with a two-run homer two RBIs and two runs scored and pitch 5.2 innings with nine strikeouts, two walks and five hits allowed (three runs). When he left the mound in the sixth inning the game was knotted at 3-3.

Chase launched a towering two-run homer over the center field fence in the bottom of the first inning to score Lakin Tucker (single) ahead of him to erase a 1-0 Yellow Jacket lead and put the Devils up 2-1.

Ravenswood subsequently threatened to blow the game open but pinch runners were picked off at second base and in a rundown between second and third to erase the threat.

Williamstown answered with a run to knot the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning. Mason Adkins drew a walk, stole second and scored in an RBI single by Leewood Molessa. The Jackets grabbed a 3-2 lead in the sixth on an RBI double from Ethan Tawney.  

Jake Greene ripped an RBI double to knot the game at 3-3. Ravenswood again threatened to grab control with runners on second and third and no outs, but the Jackets wriggled out of the jam with three successive ground outs sandwiched around an intentional walk to Blake Bennett.

Two innings of botched opportunities put the Red Devils’ chances in jeopardy, when Williamstown grabbed a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh on miscues on the same play with Lakin Tucker pitching in relief of Swain. Adkins led off with a double, and moved to third on Molessa’s third hit of the game. Adkins then scored on a wild pitch by Tucker, and courtesy runner Caleb Stansberry also scored when a throw to third in the same sequence squirted into left field to put the Jackets up 5-3. 

Staring the possibility of a winner-take-all rematch in the face, Ravenswood did what they have shown the propensity to do this season--rally.

In the bottom of the seventh, Chase Swain singled, Andrew Anglin singled, and Ciah Kennedy beat out a perfectly executed bunt to load the bases. Stephen Dawson followed with a clutch two-run single to tie the game at 5-5. 

But again Williamstown refused to fold, recording consecutive ground out, although Kennedy and Dawson advanced to third and second on a passed ball.

That’s when Wes Swain sent southpaw hitting sophomore Hayden Swain to the plate as a pinch hitter. Down two quick strikes with two out, the younger Swain got the pitch he was looking for, and ripped a shot up the middle to score Kennedy (who has a propensity for scoring winning runs like he did in the state semifinals last year at Power Park) from third. 

Teammates mobbed Hayden Swain down the right field line into an outfield pileup for his walkoff, game winner.

The dramatic 6-5 win gave the Class A #3-ranked Red Devils (22-8) third straight sectional crown. Williamstown (25-7-1) closed out a fine season in heartbreaking fashion.

Lakin Tucker got the win in relief, pitching 1.1 innings with two strikeouts, no walks, two hits and two runs allowed. 

Nate Suprano took the mound loss  in relief of Cullen Cutright, who fanned seven.

At the plate, Chase Swain went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Stephen Dawson also went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Ciah Kennedy was 2-for-3 with two runs scored including the game winner. Jake Greene was 1-fror-4 with an RBI double; Lakin Tucker, 1-for-4 with a run scored; Andrew Anglin, 1-for-3 with a run scored; Blake Bennett, 1-for-3; and Hayden Swain, 1-for-1 with the game-winning, walkoff  RBI. 

Molessa went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI to pace the Yellowjackets. Mason Adkins, Cullen Cutright and Ethan Tawney each added a double.

Saturday’s Red Devil dramatics were set up Thursday, when the Devils pounded Pakersburg Catholic, 12-2 in five innings in a battle of sectional unbeatens at Wright Field. That win put Ravenswood in the driver’s seat, having to lose twice in the championship game(s).

Senior Ethan Mahan went the five innings for the pitching win for the Devils fanning eight, walking just one and scattering two hits with two runs.

At the plate, Stephen Dawson  (two runs scored) launched a solo homer, and Ciah Kennedy knocked in a two runs and scored two. Luke Miller (RBI, two runs scored), Jake Greene (two runs scored), Chase Swain (two runs scored) and Andrew Anglin (run scored). Ethan Mahan scored a run.