Courtesy of Mike Ellis, Sports Editor at the Jamestown News…….
Northwest Guilford 4
It was a familiar story for both teams last night as for the second game in
a row the Tigers found a way to win while the Vikings found a way to lose.
For Ragsdale it was good pitching, good defense and opportunistic hitting,
while for NW it was too many fielding mishaps that prolonged innings and
allowed base runners.
Ragsdale struck first as senior Kyle Morrison took the first pitch he saw
from Keaton Haack leading off the second inning over the fence in dead
center clearing the 375′ mark with plenty to spare. It was Morrison’s
second homer of the season.
Matt Horkey got the start for the Tigers and worked into the third. Shane
Hamlett led off that inning with a double and was moved to third on a
sacrifice bunt. Horkey got the second out and seemed to be out of the
inning when he struck out Adam Swim for what would have been the third out
had the ball not gotten away from the catcher allowing Swim to reach and
Hamlett to score to tie the game. Horkey would not record another out and
when the dust settled, three more runs had scored as Victor Dilla singled,
Jackson Bellinkes drove in two with a double and Marcus Shoemaker had an RBI
single. Tim Ambrose came in with men on first and second and got a strike
out to finally end the inning with NW up 4 – 1.
Ragsdale came right back with a 3 run rally after two were out. A walk to
Mitch Carstens started things, then back to back singles by Morrison and
Horkey scored Carstens. Morrison was driven in with a Bryson Harrald single
and an error moved Horkey to third where he tied the came up as he came in
on a passed ball.
Ragsdale got the winning run in the fourth with Ceasar Trejo getting on a
booted ground ball. He made it to second when the catcher tried to pick him
off and the ball sailed into right field. Trejo got to third on a ground
out and scored when the pitcher was not able to come up with a two out
grounder up the first base line from Niko Orfanedes. Orfanedes was credited
with an infield single and an RBI, his second consecutive game winning
Ambrose went on to pitch another two innings, giving up two walks and
allowing one other base runner on an error to pick up the win. Mitch
Carstens came on to pitch the final two innings, striking out three and
allowing one hit to record the save.
Ragsdale moves to 5 – 0, 3 – 0 in the PTC. Northwest Guilford falls to 2 –
3 and 1 – 2 in the PTC.
WP: Tim Ambrose
Save: Mitch Carstens
LP: Keaton Haack
Leading Hitters: Ragsdale: Kyle Morrison: 2 for 3, HR, RBI, 2 runs; Matt
Horkey: 1 for 3, RBI, run; NW Guilford: Victor Dilla: 2 for 3, 2B, run;
Jackson Bellinkes: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 RBI’s, run; Shane Hamlett: 1 for 3, 2B,
Ragsdale 5 runs, 5 hits, 2 errors, 3 LOB
NWG : 4 runs, 7 hits, 5 errors, 7 LOB