Wahama hands Devils a second loss in postseason sectional play

Mark Martin

For a second time in the postseason, Wahama delivered Ravenswood High’s Red Devil baseball team a gut-wrenching defeat.

And this one brought the season to an end.

The White Falcons pulled out a dramatic, 3-2, sectional championship victory by pushing across two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

The White Falcons had sent the Devils into the loser’s bracket of the Class A Region IV, Section 2 event with an 11-10 win — a game in which Ravenswood battled gallantly after being down 11-0.

The Devils would hand Calhoun County a 10-0 loss last Saturday in an elimination game for that second crack at the White Falcons.

The loss in the sectional title game concluded Ravenswood’s 2021 campaign at 7-18.

Ravenswood 10-Calhoun County 0

Ravenswood scored one run in the last of the first and that would prove to be more than enough for pitcher Logan Alfred in the elimination game victory.

Alfred pitched all five innings of the game, which ended with the 10-run mercy rule. He gave up five hits while striking out five and giving up one walk.

His offense backed him with 12 hits.

Ravenswood added another run in the third inning, three more in the fourth and finished things off with five in the last of the fifth.

Cameron Taylor was Ravenswood’s top hitter with three hits.

Ben Queen, Anthony Anglin and Blake Ball all had two hits for Wes Swain’s Red Devils.

Alfred, Drew Hunt, Ashton Miller and Dalton Moore had one each.

Hunt and Miller had extra base hits with both clubbing triples.

Anglin, Hunt and Beau Bennett drove home two runs each in the win.

Taylor, Queen, Ball and Justin Smith were credited with an RBI.

Wahama 3-Ravenswood 2

Trying to force a third game with Wahama in the double-elimination tournament, Ravenswood was almost there.

The Devils owned a 2-1 lead going into the last of the seventh.

Aaron Henry, though, proved to be the man of the hour for the White Falcons as he laced a double to bring home both the tying and winning runs, giving Wahama the walk-off sectional title game victory.

Henry’s game-winner gave Wahama a 4-3 edge in the hit department. It was his second hit of the game.

Ravenswood’s three hits came off the bats of Anglin, Hunt and Smith.

Queen drove home Ravenswood’s two runs.

Miller pitched six and two thirds in the contest. He allowed two hits and one earned run. He struck out five and walked five.

Bennett gave up two hits, two earned runs and walked one in working a third of an inning.