Panthers clean up nicely against South­east Whitfield

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Scott Herpst

Teenagers, es­pe­cially teenage boys, are known to be a lit­tle messy from time to time and the Ridge­land Panthers base­ball team got a lit­tle les­son in tidi­ness this past week.

Af­ter leav­ing their locker room in a state of dis­ar­ray, head coach Scott Har­den or­dered his team to clean up their mess and took away locker room priv­i­leges, but did of­fer them a way back in - sweep South­east.

And that’s ex­actly what they did.

Af­ter a home win over the Raiders last Thurs­day, the Panthers swept both ends of a twin­bill in Dal­ton on Fri­day night to get right back in the thick of the Re­gion 6-AAAA stand­ings.

Ridge­land 10, South­east 3

The Panthers scored three times in the bot­tom of the first and third in­nings and added two runs in both the fourth and sixth as they beat the vis­it­ing Raiders on Thurs­day.

El­lis John­son threw six in­nings to get the win. He fin­ished with five strike­outs. Tyler Craw­ford had three sin­gles, while Ri­ley Har­ri­son dou­bled twice and scored three runs. Tan­ner Hill had a sin­gle and a dou­ble and also scored three times.

Ridge­land 17, South­east 6

Ridge­land took an early 6-0 lead in the opener. Craw­ford had a two-run sin­gle in the top of the first and launched a three-run moon­shot in the top of the third. Sources have not been able to con­firm where or even if the ball ever landed.

South­east bat­tled back to cut the deficit to 9-6 go­ing into the top of the sev­enth, but Ridge­land would pound out eight more runs in the in­ning to put the game on ice.

Shawn Wil­son had three hits and drew a walk while scor­ing twice in the vic­tory. Dy­lan Wooten had two dou­bles and an RBI. Har­ri­son added a pair of hits and Hill tripled, scored three runs and struck out seven bat­ters to get the win.

Ridge­land 6, South­east 3

In the night­cap, Wooten belted a two-run homer in the top of the first in­ning to give the Panthers an early lead. South­east would rally to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth, but Ridge­land would score four unan­swered runs to close it out.

Wooten had a dou­ble in the fourth and scored on an RBI-dou­ble by Hill one bat­ter later. Ridge­land would score two in the in­ning and added solo runs in the fifth and sixth.

Ja­cob Stephens got the win in re­lief of starter Seth Pitts. The duo al­lowed just five hits in Game 2. Har­ri­son had three hits in the game and drove in a run, while Jor­dan Tucker de­liv­ered big hits in both games to get his bat back on track.

Ridge­land (6-5, 5-4) will en­joy an open week be­fore get­ting back to ac­tion on April 3 at LaFayette in the first of a three-game se­ries.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.