Comeback win for Ravenswood
RAVENSWOOD -Ravenswood head baseball coach Wes Swain may not be much of a gambler, but that doesn’t mean his Red Devils aren’t after their 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Oak Glen.
“I saw my chance and I took it,” sophomore first baseman Logan Jarrett said. “We needed something big to happen and I just decided it needed to come from me.”
That ‘chance’ came with one out in the bottom of the seventh and the scored tied at five in one of the Region One semifinal games being played at Wright Field in Ravenswood.
Jarrett, who had reached on an error and advanced to third on a single by Devon Crews, scored the game-winning run when Oak Glen pitcher Bub Haddox’s first offering to Trey Hatcher skipped past his catcher.
“I saw the pitch hit the dirt and just took off,” said Jarrett. “I’m just glad that I was able to make the play.”
Jarrett’s dash advances the Red Devils, now 26-8, to their first regional title game since 1999 at 6 p.m. on Wednesday where they will take on Fairmont Senior at Mary Lou Retton Park in Fairmont.
“These guys have battled all season,” Swain said. “And, they battled tonight against a very tough, gritty team tonight.”
It didn’t appear as if the hosts would have to have any last minutes heroics at the start as junior pitcher Isaac Crow held the Golden Bears scoreless over the first four innings of action.
That didn’t last, however.
Oak Glen, which finishes it season at 14-13, batted around in the fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead. Pinch hitter Zach O’Brien got things rolling by working a leadoff walk and came home to score the visitors’ first run when pinch hitter Zach Porter drilled a double to the fench in right field.
Porter and third baseman Alex Shuman, who reached on a single and then stole second, came home to knot the game at three on a single by senior Kyle Woodruff. The Golden Bears then took their first lead one out later when designated hitter Michael Campbell brought home Woodruff.
Oak Glen increased its lead to 5-3 on an RBI groundout by Noah Feicht, but that would be the last time a Golden Bears runner would cross home plate.
Ravenswood jumped out to a 3-0 lead after four innings thanks to a porous Oak Glen defense and some timely hitting by Crow, who finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs-batted-in.
Senior Jesse Brown came in to pitch up the victory, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out five in three innings of work. Oak Glen’s Haddox, one of the OVAC’s Pitcher of the Year, was tagged with the loss despite striking out nine and allowing only two earned runs.
“Give Oak Glen credit,” said Swain. “They came to play tonight. But, our kids have battled all spring and they did it again tonight.”