Ram­blers swept by Pick­ens

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Scott Herpst

It was a tough week for the LaFayette Ram­blers, whose play­offs chances took a hit with three straight losses to Pick­ens.

Pick­ens 2, LaFayette 1

In Game 1 Tues­day night in Jasper, the Ram­blers got six solid in­nings on the hill from A.J. Buck, but couldn’t find enough of­fense as they dropped the game to the Dragons.

Buck scat­tered seven hits and walked just one, fin­ish­ing with three strike­outs in the loss. Both runs he al­lowed were earned.

Ethan Stephen­son col­lected two more hits. Jack Martin had a dou­ble for the Ram­blers, while Vyshonn Daniel scored LaFayette’s lone run.

Pick­ens 6, LaFayette 3

In the opener of Fri­day’s dou­ble­header in LaFayette, Pick­ens led 6-0 go­ing into the bot­tom of the sev­enth when LaFayette be­gan to make things in­ter­est­ing. The Ram­blers scored three times in their fi­nal at-bat, but the rally at­tempt would fall short.

The first 10 bat­ters for LaFayette were re­tired be­fore Blake Mann broke up the per­fect game bid with a fourth-in­ning dou­ble. The Ram­blers also left run­ners on the cor­ners in the fifth.

Hits by Martin and Colton Lane, plus three walks, helped ac­count for the runs in the fi­nal frame.

Blake Guf­fey and Davis Richard­son both reached base twice in the game as both had a sin­gle and drew a walk. John James started on the mound for the Orange-and-Black, strik­ing out three in five in­nings. Richard­son fanned three in two in­nings of re­lief.

Pick­ens 11, LaFayette 1

There was sig­nif­i­cantly less to speak of for the home team in the night­cap.

Mann scored with­out the ben­e­fit of a hit in the bot­tom of the first to stake the hosts to a 1-0 lead, but the Dragons (12-7, 7-2) would dent the scor­ing col­umn for 11 unan­swered runs the rest of the way, in­clud­ing back-to-back solo homers in the sixth.

Guf­fey took the loss for LaFayette, who did not have any base run­ners af­ter the first in­ning.

LaFayette (4-14, 3-6) was sched­uled to start a three-game se­ries with Ridge­land on Tues­day.

They will host the Pan­thers at 5:30 p.m. be­fore a dou­ble­header in Rossville next Fri­day at Jay Smith Field.

LaFayette short­stop Blake Mann robs a Pick­ens hit­ter of a base hit dur­ing last Fri­day’s home game against the Dragons. (Photo by Scott Herpst)

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