Whirlies tame Tigers 8-4

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Grimsley won their second game of the season knocking off Ragsdale 8-4 in Jamestown.
3B Ryan Stoneman put the Whirlies on the board with a second inning solo HR to left
field making the score 1-0. The Tigers came back in the bottom of the second with
(DH) Trey Swaim drawing a walk then scoring on a wild pitch by Grimsley LHP Quito
Carrig. Ragsdale 3B Duncan Sparks was thrown out at the plate to end the second

The Whirlies efficiently scored 3 runs on 3 hits in the third inning as Quito Carrig
singled followed by a Sawyer Highfill walk. Grimsley 1B DJ Reader lined a double to
the fence scoring both Carrig and Highfill. Whirlie 2B Kyle Smith then singled
driving in Reader making the score 4-1.

Ragsdale scored a run in the fourth inning as 2B Tyler Sarthcott got a clutch,
2-strike double scoring P Matt Horkey who had walked earlier in the inning making
the score 4-2. Ragsdale would even the affair in the sixth inning against Whirlie
reliever Eric Stevens when Duncan Sparks hit into a fielder’s choice scoring Matt
Horkey. The next Tiger batter, Tyler Southcott tied the game at 4-4 with a double
scoring Sparks. Ragsdale reliever Tyler Southcott pitched well shutting down the
Whirlie offense for three innings.

Grimsley exploded for 4 runs in the seventh inning starting with a Sawyer Highfill
lead-off single against Ragsdale closer Zach Hodges. Eric Stevens then singled
driving in Sawyer. Ryan Stoneman singled driving in DJ Reader who had been hit by a
pitch. The Tigers countered with reliever Kyle Morrison but Whirlie pinch hitter
Austin Leonard singled to left driving in Stoneman. A Tiger error allowed Whirlie LF
Dominique McNair to score the fourth run of the inning extending the Grimsley lead
to 8-4.

Sawyer Highfill struck out 2 Tigers in the bottom of the seventh inning to seal the
Grimsley 8-4 victory. Eric Stevens was credited with the win. Sawyer Highfill got
the save. Zach Hodges was tagged with the loss.


Ryan Stoneman 2-3 (HR, 2 RBI)
DJ Reader 2-3 (2B, 3 RBI)
Quito Carrig 2-3 (scored)
Austin Leonard 1-1 (RBI)
Sawyer Highfill 1-2 (2 walks, scored 2)
Eric Stevens 1-3 (RBI)
Kyle Smith 1-3 (RBI)

Tyler Southcott 2-3 (2B, 2B, 2 RBI)
Matt Horkey 1-3 (2B, walk)
Duncan Sparks 0-2 (HBP, RBI)
Kyle Morrison 1-4
Zach Hodges 0-1 (3 walks)
Trey Swaim 0-2 (walk, scored)


  1. I believe that Grimsley lost a senior centerfielder, a senior 2nd basebaman and a sophmore pitcher that are all starting at ORMA….I wonder how much better they would have been with those three?

  2. Congratulations to Ryan Stoneman on his first home run of the season. We know that chicks dig the long ball but don’t give up the mound for the big bat just yet, the Whirlies also need your pitching.

  3. It looks like the Whirlies are starting to gell and play well, with the group that they have on hand…..Good luck to both squads today, Ragsdale and Grimsley. Today is a big baseball day, in and around Guilford County…..

  4. Grimsley was very well prepared and well coached. Simmons made the right moves and his kids executed well. His coaching is paying dividends. Ragsdale has lost some players just as Grimsley has to transfers. The attrition to private schools is hitting Ragsdale like everyone else. Still, Grimsley played well. Ragsdale struggled on the mound yesterday as well as a couple of errors.

  5. Congrats, it is great for the kids and all that Grimsley won……Leave it at that…..

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