UNCG hangs on for 9-7 baseball win over St. John’s(Ray Crawford getting his name out there and Cody Walker too…)

The UNCG baseball team held on for a 9-7 win over the Red Storm from St. John’s yesterday and locals Ray Crawford Jr.(Dudley HS) and Cody Walker(Grimsley HS), were there in the middle of the winning efforts, for the Spartans……

Here are some of the details on our local kids from the UNCG site:

Ray Crawford(Dudley HS) went 1-2 with an RBI and run scored, while Cole Harrison and John Hein each added a pair of hits.

UNCG struck first in the game as it put up three runs in the bottom of the second. Thomas Troelstrup led off with a single and John Hein reached on a bunt single. Crawford advanced both runners on a sacrifice bunt and then Drew Gehringer delivered a double down the left field line to score both runners.

Gehringer would score a batter later as Chris Barker doubled down the right field line to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead.

After the Red Storm got one back in the top of the third, UNCG put up two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to stretch its lead to 5-1. Andrew Spleth and Troelstrup led off the inning with a pair of walks and then Hein had his second bunt single of the day to load the bases with no outs.

Crawford then hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field that easily scored Spleth and Gehringer followed with a single to right field that scored Troelstrup to put the Spartans ahead by four.

St. John’s manufactured a run in the top of the fourth after a pair of stolen bases led to a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.

UNCG struck for another pair of runs in the fifth inning to make it 7-2. With one out, Crawford was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a single by Gehringer. After a UNCG out, Harrison delivered a single to right field that was bobbled by the right fielder and allowed both runners to come home.

Crawford and Gehringer led another rally for the Spartans in the seventh inning. Crawford led off with a walk and Gehringer followed with a walk to put two runners on with no outs.

Cody Walker(Grimsley HS) then laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners and Crawford scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-2. Eric Brindle then delivered a single through the left side with two outs to score Gehringer and give the Spartans a comfortable seven-run lead.

UNCG later held on to win the game, 9-7……