Ridgerunners baseball is starting a strong season boasting a 7-0 record after their most recent wins over Locust Grove.
In a two game series against the Pirates the Ridgerunners finished both games with a win.
Their first game at home was a 21-11 victory in the bottom of the sixth called for the run rule and their second game was at Locust Grove with a 5-0 shutout after seven.
Rowan Geer threw out the ceremonial first pitch in their home game Monday, March 12 to start the game on the chilly 42 degree night.
With Chat “Wrecking Crew” Hayes opening up as the starting pitcher for the Ridgerunners and threw a solid first two innings.
Hayes only allowed one run in the first two innings and have his team a chance to put six points on the board by the end of the second giving the crew a 6-0 lead.
Coach Donnie Pennington moved Hayes over to first base at the top of the third.
“We wanted to see our younger kids compete and we were trying to save Chat,” said Pennington.
The Ridgerunners subsequently went through three different pitcher who allowed nine walks of which 4 were hit by the pitch.
This gave the Pirates six runs for the inning before Pennington brought Hayes back in to strikeout the next three batters swinging.
Not to be dismayed the Ridgerunners responded in the bottom of the third by scoring seven runs of their own furthering the lead lost in the first half of the inning.
They boys continued to battle for what was over a three-hour ball game lasting a full six innings before being called for the 10-run rule.
It was a solid night for Hayes who threw an impressive 17 first pitch strikes and put 10 batters away swinging.
Hayes went strong for the night pitching for five full innings and throwing a grueling 98 pitches while showing little sign of fatigue.
He was relieved by closer Kaleb Keener who send the Pirates home packing in the sixth by allowing no runs.
Toby Cearley and Seth Willis both had five runs for the night with Braxton Pennington and Tyler Davis leading the board in RBI’s with four each.
The crew hit the road for their next game hosted at Locust Grove which saw the Ridgerunners shutout the Pirates 5-0.
Jack Gentry threw most of the game striking out seven of the Pirates and throwing a total of 15 first pitch strikes before being relieved by Cade Coble who sent two packing.
The Ridgerunners only allowed two hits and no runs by the Pirates and played the full seven innings to close out the night.
Hayes put in three RBIs for game with Willis contributing one and one addition score by walk.
The crew will head to Harrison Arkansas for a tournament schedule to run both Friday and Saturday March 16 and 17.
Their next game will be a 2 game series against Jay starting at Jay on Monday, March 19 and returning home at Grove on Tuesday, March 20 with both games starting at 5 p.m.