The Ridgerunner baseball team played host to the Fairland Fighting Owls Monday afternoon with the visitors posting a 15-13 come from behind win.
The Ridgerunners held a 12-8 lead at the top of the seventh and final inning before the Owls posted a two-out seven run rally to claim the lead. A two-RBI double from Fairlandís Stevie Nowlin started the Fairland scoring. A bases-loaded walk to Brett Blalock sent Nowlin across home for another Owl run. Later in the inning Jon Henry emptied the loaded bases with a double that scored three of his teammates. An RBI single from Zach Needham came next and that put Fairland up 15-12. Needham attempted to stretch his single but was tagged out at second to end the side.
Grove posted a run in the bottom of the seventh from Adam Steffenson off of a sacrifice fly from Jake Martin. The Ridgerunners had potential scorers at second and third when Fairland relief pitcher Blalock found the Owls third out to end the game.
Ridgerunner Michael Hudgens had a busy game Monday. Back in baseball after a year off due to injury the senior started the game on the mound and went two innings giving up one hit and delivering four strikeouts while battling through five errors behind him. Hudgens went two for two at the plate Monday with two RBIís.
Fairland started Yancey Lett on the mound. Nowlin came in to pitch the fourth through sixth innings before giving way to Blalock.
The Owls posted four first inning runs, two coming off a double from Lett and two more from Ridgerunner errors.
Grove battled back to claim seven first-inning runs- one off an RBI single from Trent Phillips and four from bases-loaded walks. Hudgens added a two-RBI single that plated Martin and Tyler Spychalski to make the seven.
The Ridgerunners added three runs in the third. Martin managed to steal home for a run and later in the inning senior T.J. Griffith hit an RBI single that drove in Zac Knox while Hudgens, who had reached base on a walk, found home off an Owl throwing error on the play.
Fairland struck back in the fourth with a two-run homer from Lett.
A Grove error in the sixth allowed two Fairland base runners- Cale Schumacher and Nowlin to score runs and bring the tally to 10-8, in favor of Grove.
The Ridgerunners scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth- Adam Steffenson and Martin on bases-loaded walks before the Owl rally in the seventh.
Fairland starter Lett recorded three strikeouts and gave up four hits in three innings. Nowlin posted four strikeouts and no hits in his three innings.†