Special to Greensborosports.com by Mike Ellis from the Jamestown News, Guilford County’s top weekly newspaper…..
Ragsdale 2 7 0 0 0 0 2 – 11 9 2
Grimsley 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 1 4 4
Ragsdale jumped on top early tonight and went on to record a six inning 11 – 1
victory over the Grimsley Whirlies.
Ragsdale put two on the board in the opening inning as leadoff hitter Desean
Anderson got a walk and got all the way around on a sacrifice bunt, a fielders
choice and scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning Ben Fultz singled stole
second and eventually scored the innings second run on a Zach Hodges single.
The Tigers blew the game open in the second inning as they sent 11 men to the plate,
got five hits and scored seven runs to make it 9 – 0 after an inning and a half.
Trey Swaim, Chris Armwood both singled and scored on an Anderson double off the
center field fence. Ragsdale loaded them up again on a walk, a Walt Sparks single
and an error before Billy Stone unloaded them with a three RBI double. Stone
eventually scored on another wild pitch and Hodges would wrap up the inning’s
scoring by walking and scoring from second on an error.
Ragsdale would wrap up the scoring in the sixth plating two runs on a Hodges bloop
double to score Duncan Sparks and Mike Leitner.
Billy Stone started for the Tigers and pitched two perfect innings, striking out two
to move his record to 4 – 0. Mitch Karstens and Walt Sparks followed Stone to the
mound and each pitched two innings, both giving up only two hits and Sparks allowed
on unearned run in the last inning.
Hodges went 2 for 3 and drove in 3 runs. It was also Hodges birthday, so Happy
Birthday Zach. It was a good way to celebrate. Stone was 1 for 2 with 3 RBI’s and
Anderson was 1 for 2 with 2 Ribbies. All 3 had doubles. Walt Sparks also had 2
singles in 4 at bats.
For Grimsley, lefthander Quito Carrig went the distance and picked up the loss as
the Whirlies fall to 2 – 7. Aaron Jones was 1 for 3 and drove in the lone Grimsley
run. Domingo McNicia, David Massey and Andrew Duda also had base hits for the
Ragsdale bounces back from their defeat at the hands of SEG to move to 7 – 1. Up
next for the Tigers is a key Piedmont Triad Conference matchup with Glenn at
Ragsdale on Friday night.