Courtesy of Mike Ellis Jamestown News:
After splitting the first two games at the Bobby Murray Invitational Tournament at
the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, Ragsdale won a wild one on Saturday, coming from
behind twice to pull out a 13 – 12 win over Raleigh Millbrook.
Ragsdale got an early lead in the third inning, going up 2 – 1 on a Walt Sparks two
run home run over the left center field fence. DeSean Anderson, who had singled,
scored ahead of Sparks.
Millbrook bounced back in the bottom of the third, plating 5 runs and then added a
single run in the fourth to take a 7 – 2 lead. Ragsdale would rally in the top of
the fifth as they would score 8 runs. Trey Swaim got things started with a single
up the middle and Anderson would get hit by a pitch. Ben Fultz would drive in two
with an opposite field double and he would score when Sparks followed with a line
drive off the pitchers foot that would carom into left field for another double.
Kyle Morrison drove in two more later in the inning with a single that just got by
the shortstop as Ragsdale would go up 10 – 7.
Millbrook battled back scoring a single run in the bottom of the fifth and then
picking up three more in the sixth on four singles and a costly Ragsdale error to
take a 11 – 10 lead.
Coming to the plate for their final at bat, Ragsdale loaded the bases on two walks
and a hit batter. Millbrook got two outs and Fultz came to the plate as the final
opportunity for the Tigers. He took the first pitch and lined it into right field
to drive in two runs. Walt Sparks would follow with a double down the left field
line to drive in one more and Ragsdale was up 13 – 11.
DeSean Anderson came in to pitch the seventh and was greeted by back to back hits, a
double and a single. A sacrifice fly drove in one run to get the Wildcats within
one, but Anderson settled down and got a strike out and got the last out on a pop up
to short to pick up the save in the wild 13 – 12 win.
Walt Sparks, Zach Hodges and Tyler Southcott all preceded Anderson to the mound for
the Tigers. Southcott picked up the win after pitching the sixth inning. Justin
Abbott went 6 1/3 for the Wildcats giving up all 13 runs in a 126 pitch outing.
Walt Sparks was 3 for 5 for the Tigers with a HR and two doubles, driving in 4 runs
and scoring 2 runs. Ben Fultz was 2 for 4 with a double and a single with 2 RBI’s.
Mike Whited also had 2 hits and was on base all four times at the plate with a walk
and a HP. Ragsdale improves their record to 9 – 2 with the win and are now off
until Thursday when they travel to East Forsyth for a key Piedmont Triad Conference