Redmen edge Raiders, 3-2

By Paul Boggs -

PEDRO — Unfortunately for the Raiders, it took two on Tuesday as opposed to only one.

That’s because the host Rock Hill Redmen scored twice in the fifth inning, and held off River Valley 3-2 in a non-league baseball makeup matchup.

The Raiders scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but trailed 1-0 after three and 3-1 after five.

Rock Hill had scored once in the third, and that turned out to be the difference in the 3-2 decision.

The Raiders did outhit the Redmen 11-9, but were definitely doomed by leaving nine runners on base.

In fact, all but one Raider runner was left stranded in the final three innings, including the bases loaded in both the fifth and seventh stanzas.

River Valley left a runner at second in the third, and on the corners in the sixth.

With the loss, River Valley fell to 8-10, while Rock Hill improved to 9-8.

Brandon Schob, despite allowing nine hits, pitched the opening five and two-thirds innings for the Redmen to earn the win.

Landon Smith relieved Schob in the sixth, and gained the save by going the final one-and-a-third in allowing two hits and one walk.

Smith struck out four, while Schob whiffed only two.

Schob retired the Raiders 1-2-3 in the opening two innings, and faced four batters apiece in the third and fourth.

Dillon Ragan went the distance on the mound for River Valley, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

Ragan matched Schob in the pitchers’ duel, as he retired the Redmen 1-2-3 in the first and fourth frames, including for all three outs on strikeouts in the fourth.

He also saw the minimum three in the second, and only four batters in the last.

Rock Hill scored first in the third — when Kyle Stanfield led off with a single, Trae Crabtree executed a sacrifice bunt, Landon Smith singled, and a double steal scored Stanfield.

The Redmen then mustered their other two runs in the fifth — when Kaleb Kidd and Stanfield led off with back-to-back singles, then Smith singled with one out.

Jake Blagg and Heath Carpenter then singled back-to-back, driving in Kidd by Blagg and Stanfield by Carpenter.

The Raiders tied the tilt at 1-1 in the fourth — when Justin Sizemore singled to lead off, stole second, advanced to third on an RBI-groundout by Devin McDonald, and then scored on a single by Austin Ragan.

In the RVHS sixth, Jamie Bainter and McDonald singled to lead off, but both were retired for outs on the bases.

But Austin Ragan singled and Brycen Brumfield doubled, then Ragan raced home on a wild pitch.

Jack Farley doubled in the third for the Raiders, but was left stranded there.

In the fifth, Farley and Dillon Ragan both recorded singles, sandwiched around a walk to Dustin Barber.

In the seventh against Smith, the Raiders loaded the bags again — and again failed to produce any points.

Dillon Ragan doubled with one out, then Sizemore singled again and McDonald drew a walk.

The Raiders returned to the road, and returned to Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division action, on Wednesday at Nelsonville-York.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs