The Ravenwood Raptors and Centennial Cougar baseball teams split a pair of games earlier this week. Centennial edged Ravenwood 3-2 on Monday, while Ravenwood redeemed itself with a 2-1 win on Tuesday.
Centennial 3, Ravenwood 2
The Cougars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning and held off a late Raptor rally in the fifth and sixth innings to hold on for a 3-2 win.
Solomon Washington put Centennial on top with a two-RBI triple in the bottom of the third. In the next at-bat, Bryson Sweeney tacked on another run with an RBI single and the 3-0 lead.
Ravenwood chipped away two innings later, adding a run when Brian Garcia brought home Nick Raum to make it 3-1, however, Garcia and Ben Severance were both thrown out at third and home plate, respectively.
In the top of the sixth, Lawson Evans scored on a Centennial error after Raum smacked a hard-hit ground ball to third base to cut the deficit to 3-2. However, that was as close as Ravenwood would get as Sweeney set down the Raptors’ side in order in the seventh to preserve the win.
Sweeney got the complete game win, allowing just two runs on five hits over seven innings with six strikeouts. Shane Craig took the loss, allowing three runs and four hits over six innings. He also struck out 11 batters.
Ravenwood 2, Centennial 1
In another one-run game, Ravenwood got its revenge taking a 2-1 extra-innings win over the Cougars on Tuesday.
Ravenwood took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Courtesy runner Tyler Petro came on for Cameron Allen, who reached on a leadoff single, advanced to third base on a passed ball, then scored on another passed ball to get the Raptors on the board.
Both Garcia and Washington were dialed in on the mound, holding the opposing offenses in check until the top of the seventh. In the top of the inning, Washington hit a ground ball to third base where Thomas Cooper bobbled it. The error allowed Jack Baughman to knot it 1-1 and send it to extras.
After a scoreless eighth, Ravenwood won it on a walk-off RBI single from Severance, bringing home Zane Denton and sealing the dramatic revenge win for the Raptors.
Garcia threw six innings of two-hit ball. He allowed no runs and struck out six. Denton threw three no-hit innings in relief, also striking out six batters.
Washington was just as dominant for Centennial, allowing one run and three this over seven innings. He also struck out eight batters. Alec Beaman took the loss, allowing one run on two hits over 1.2 innings.