A very good Senior Night for the Ragsdale Tigers in Jamestown

Posted by Andy Durham on May 1, 2010 at 10:27 am under High School | 2 Comments to Read

Courtesy of Mike Ellis, Jamestown News….

1 2 3 4 5 R H E

HP Central 1 1 0 0 0 – 2 2 5
Ragsdale 0 3 6 1 2 – 12 9 1

Ragsdale played host to High Point Central last night on Senior Night. Seniors
DeSean Anderson, Chris Armwood, Ben Fultz, Michael Leitner, Walt Sparks and Billy
Stone were honored before the game.

In the game, Central jumped out to an early 2 – 0 lead, scoring single runs in the
first two innings. In the first, Seth Beane singled, moved to third on a couple of
walks, and scored the game’s first run on an Alex Bridges groundout. They got their
second run in the second inning on back to back walks followed by an infield single
by Houston Ison. Sam Smotherman, who had gotten one of the walks, scored after a
Ragsdale throwing error on the hit.

From that point on, it was all Ragsdale. Leading off the bottom of the second, Zach
Hodges and Mike Whited went back to back on out of the park home run balls. Hodges
blast was a “moon shot” into left field and Whited hit a “rocket” over the 375′ sign
in dead center. Ragsdale picked up one more in the inning as Trey Swaim reached on
an error and after a stolen base, Ben Fultz drove him home with a base hit.

Now with the 3 – 2 lead, Ragsdale scored 6 more in the third by virtue of two walks,
two hits and two Bison errors. The big blows in the inning were a 2 run single by
Trey Swaim and a 2 run home run by DeSean Anderson. Ragsdale added a single run in
the fourth inning and then ended the game in game in the fifth. Swaim started off
the inning with a double to the fence in left center. After Anderson was hit by a
pitch, Grant Desjardins drove Swaim home with a bloop double to left field. Zach
Hodges then got the game winning “walk off” infield single as Anderson scored the
Tigers 12th run of the night.

Zach Hodges improved his record to 5 – 2 on the year getting the complete game five
inning victory. Hodges struggled all night with his control as he was getting his
first start in two weeks as he gave up 8 walks, but he battled out of jams to limit
the Bison to 2 runs only one of which was earned. He struck out 6 batters. Seth
Beane got the start for the Bison and was charged with the loss.

Hodges helped himself at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a HR, scoring 3 runs and
driving in 2. Swaim was also 2 for 3 with a 2B, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI’s.
Anderson and Hodges both had home runs and 2 RBI’s.

With the win combined with Glenn’s loss to East Forsyth by a 6 – 2 score, Ragsdale
wrapped up solo third place in the Piedmont Triad Conference with an 8 – 4 record as
they move to 14 – 6 overall. The Tigers will travel to Finch Field in Thomasville
today for a non-conference matchup with North Forsyth. Game time is scheduled for
2:30.


  • come on now said,

    Mike Whited was a senior who was honored as well…….i guess hes not so important

  • Mike E. said,

    In Reply to post by “Come on Now”: My apoligies to Mike Whited and his family. Definitely didn’t mean to leave him out. Mike has been an integral part of the Tigers. He came in as the starting shortstop last year and has done an outstanding job at that position ever since. Mike is also a key part of the Tigers offensive production, hitting .333 for the year with 13 RBI’s. Mike also had his first home run of the season on Senior Night.

    Mike will be attending Catawba College next year and should have an immediate impact on the Indians program at either shortstop or second base.

    Sorry for the oversight. Mike E.