Raiders Edge Laurens-Marathon
RUTHVEN – It took eight innings but the Ruthven-Ayrshire Raiders came up with a thrilling 9-8 win over Laurens-Marathon in baseball action Thursday night.
Ruthven-Ayrshire jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the contest on Thursday, but the Chargers would answer in a big way with five unanswered runs for a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning.
However, the Raiders weren’t rattled and came back to tie the game up with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth frame for a 6-6 tie to start the seventh inning.
Laurens-Marathon would rise to the challenge and plated a pair of runs in the top of the inning, but Coach Trenton Keefer’s ballclub held their composure and answered back with two runs of their own to re-tie the game at 8-8.
Going into the extra inning, the pressure was on the Raider defense, who stepped up and stopped the Chargers cold.
Coming up to bat in the bottom of the eighth, the Raiders got Bradley Geelan on base off an error in the at-bat. Geelan would steal second and moved to third off a passed ball before scoring the game winning run.
Carl Jensen would start the game on the hill for the Raiders,going four and two-thirds innings. Jensen allowed two hits and surrendered six runs with nine striekouts.
Mark Geelan got the win in relief, working three and a third innings, allowing two runs off four hits.
Offensively, Bradley Geelan was 1-3at the plate, scoring three runs and stealing three bases in the win. Carl Jensen was 3-5 with a pair of doubles and four RBI’s for the Raiders.
Trevin Enderson was 1-4 with a double and two RBI’s while Ryan Sikora was 1-3 with an RBI and a stolen base.
“Carl Jensen laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt with one out in the bottom
of the eighth to score Brad and R-A took the victory,” related RA?Head Coach Trenton Keefer. “The guys did a great job of battling back both times we were down. We never hung our heads; we kept battling and were able to come away with the nice victory.”