Special to Greensborosports.com courtesy of Mike Ellis from the Jamestown News…..
Two rivals from the Piedmont Triad met at Ragsdale tonight with the Tigers coming away with the 3 – 2 win. It was a well played game by both teams and is the norm for this rivalry the margin of victory was one run.
Ragsdale got on the board first in the second inning. Ben Fultz led off with an infield single and Billy Stone followed sending the 1-0 pitch over the 350′ sign in center field to give Ragsdale the 2 – 0 lead. Southwest struck right back in the top of the third. With Elliott Slack on first with a fielder’s choice, second baseman Andrew Madden drove an 0-2 pitch over the fence in left center to tie the score at 2. In the bottom of the third, Desean Anderson got on with a walk, went to second on a Walt Sparks base hit on a bad hop bouncer past the third baseman and scored on a Fultz double to left field. The Fultz RBI would turn out to be the game winner.
Two left handers were on the mound with Billy Stone going for Ragsdale and Matt Orth pitching for SWG. Stone went 4 1/3 giving up two runs and two hits to pick up his third win as he moved to 3 – 0. Tyler Southcott came in in the top of the fifth with two the tying run on first and one out and threw one pitch to get the 5-4-3 double play to get out of the inning. Southcott went on to pitch 2 2/3 for the save as he gave up one hit and struck out two batters. Orth went six innings for the Cowboys giving up the 3 runs on 7 hits and striking out 8 batters.
With the win, Ragsdale moves to the top of the Piedmont Triad with a 3 – 0 conference record and 5 – 0 overall. Southwest suffers their first defeat of the season and go to 1 – 1 in Conference play and 5 – 1 overall.
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Southwest Guilford 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 – 2 4 1
Ragsdale 0 2 1 0 0 0 x – 3 7 1