Parkersburg South rallies from six-run deficit

PARKERSBURG-Faced with dropping their fifth game in their last six contests, host Parkersburg South overcame a six-run, 11-5, deficit to defeat visiting Ravenswood by an 18-11 score Wednesday night at Hank Greenburg Field.

The Red Devils, now 4-10 on the season, sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs to take their first lead of the contest in the top half of the third, 8-5. And added a single run in the fourth and three more in the fifth en route to amassing their lead.

Junior Devon Crews carried the big bat for the red and black as the shortstop went 3-for-3 at the plate with a single, double, triple and four runs-batted-in. Logan Jarrett and Isaac Crow added a pair of hits apiece as Ravenswood touched up the Patriot pitching staff for 10 hits and drew eight walks in the marathon contest.

Stacked to the big lead, starting pitcher Heath Burgess was unable to get out of the fourth, however, as the Patriots’ bats began to spread the ball around the field and the Red Devils’ defense, which committed seven errors, kept the inning alive.

Dylan Weaver got things going for the hosts with a base on balls and scored the first of what would be 10 runs in the inning on a triple by A.J. Easter. A walk to pinch hitter Alex Simon placed runners on first and third for senior Braxton Johnson, who proceeded to bring home Easter with a line drive past the Ravenswood pitcher.

Shortstop Jacob Wilcox kept things rolling with a single to load the bases and then Hunter Hamilton brought home Simon and Johnson with a his second double of the game. Things continue to worsen for the visitors as Jordan Braniff reached on an error, Tre Jackson connected on a two-run single and Tyler Berry walked.

Weaver’s second double of the game brought home the final run of the frame as Parkersburg South, which plays host to crosstown rival Parkersburg at 7 p.m., closed out the scoring with three runs in the sixth for the game’s final score.

Hamilton finished with three hits in five trips to the plate while Wilcox, Jordan Braniff, Jackson and Weaver chipped in with a pair of hits each. Picking up the mound win was Easter, who hurled 2 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and a run, but striking out five-two in the Red Devils’ final plate appearance.