RAVENSWOOD - Logan Jarrett’s headfirst slide at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning after a wild pitch gave Ravenswood a dramatic 6-5 win over Oak Glen in the Region I baseball semifinals Monday at Wright Field.
The win propels Ravenswood into the regional championship game for the first time since 1999—the year the Red Devils went on to win the AA state baseball championship at Watt Powell Park.

With score tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh, Jarrett, his team’s sophomore first baseman, reached base on a Oak Glen error and raced around to third base on Devon Crew’s one-out single. That set the stage for the game-ending drama.

Golden Bear ace pitcher Vincent “Bub” Haddox’s first pitch to Red Devil junior catcher Trey Hatcher skipped off the dirt past the catcher and Jarrett charged home, sliding headfirst to score the winning run.
The walk-off tally capped the third of three comebacks in the game as Big Mo swung first one way, then the other and then back again.  

Ravenswood looked poised to manhandle the Golden Bears early, as junior Isaac Crow was dominant from the mound through four innings. Crow helped his own cause by going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs as Coach Wes Swain’s Devils built a 3-0 lead, taking advantage of some Oak Glen fielding errors to boot.

The Golden Bears finally solved the Crow puzzle in the top of the fifth, opening a floodgate to score five runs for a 5-3 advantage and chase Crow from the hill. Oak Glen scored three runs to knot the game at 3-3 before an out was recorded in the fifth as pinch hitter Zach O’Brien drew a walk followed by an RBI double from pinch hitter Zach Porter. Alex Shuman singled and Porter and Shuman scored on a single from Kyle Woodruff. Woodruff scored on a single by DH Mitchell Campbell  and a RBI groundout scored the fifth Oak Glen run.

Senior southpaw Jesse Brown came on in relief of Crow and stemmed the tide, shutting down the Golden Bears for the rest of the game.
In the meantime, Ravenswood worked the bases loaded and gained a run on a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth.
In the bottom of the sixth, junior Matt Peery scored from third base on a wild pitch to knot the game at 5-5, and set the stage for the seventh inning déjà vu dramatics.
Brown got the pitching win for the Red Devils in relief, tossing three innings with five strikeouts, two walks and two hits allowed. Crow pitched four innings, fanning six, walking three and allowing five hits.

Bub Haddox took the loss for Oak Glen (14-13), fanning nine, walking four and allowing five hits.
At the plate, Crow was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Devils. Devon Crews was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Heath Burgess was 1-for-4 and scored a run. Thomas Sturm had an RBI; and Logan Jarrett scored three runs.
For Oak Glen, Alec Swiger was 2-for-4 with a double; Kyle Woodruff, 1-for-4 with two RBIs; Zach Porter, 1-for-2 with a double and RBI; Michael Campbell, 1-for-3 (RBI); and Noah Feicht RBI.
Ravenswood (26-8) was scheduled to play 2013 state runner-up Fairmont Senior (21-8) at Mary Lou Retton Park in Fairmont  yesterday (Wednesday) at 6 p.m.

The senior-laden Polar Bears of Coach Steve Naternicola returned six of nine starters from their Region 1 champion/state AA runner-up squad with pitching as the top loss.
Top returnee Bailey Mohr (6-1, 185, Sr.) was the winning pitcher in the Bears’ 12-2 five-inning regional semifinal win over Braxton County.

Other top Polar Bears include senior Austin Norman (6-2, 195, Sr., OF/LHP), who has hit 12 homers this season; senior catcher Gage Hannah; senior first baseman Johnny Kessling; senior outfielder Ryder Skarzinski; and junior third baseman Jayce Riley.

Ravenswood last played in a regional championship game in 1999. That team which featured the likes of Luke Salmons, Brian Archer, Chris Claudio, Corey Kruk and Jack Greene among others went on to win the state AA baseball crown at Watt Powell Park.

In a warmup for the regional semi, Ravenswood played and beat Riverside on the road, 6-3, on Thursday, May 22.
Jesse Brown got the pitching win, tossing two innings with three strikeouts, two walks and one hit allowed. Jonathan Watkins pitched two innings, fanning one, walking one and scattering three hits. Nathan Curtis pitched three innings, fanning two, walking two and allowing two hits.

At the plate, Devon Crews went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Devils. Logan Jarrett was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a stolen base; Heath Burgess, 2-for-4 with a stolen base; and Matt Peery, 1-for-2.