East Ridge baseball: Raptors end on high noteThe Raptors bested both of its fellow District 833 and Suburban East Conference teams last week, ending its final week of the regular season with a 7-3 win over Park last Monday, May 14, and a 6-5 victory over Woodbury last Friday.
By: Sada Reed, South Washington County Bulletin
The East Ridge baseball team ended on a high note.
The Raptors bested both of its fellow District 833 and Suburban East Conference teams last week, ending its final week of the regular season with a 7-3 win over Park last Monday, May 14, and a 6-5 victory over Woodbury last Friday. East Ridge beat Park twice this year and split with Woodbury. The Raptors are now 5-2 against Woodbury and 3-3 with Park all time.
The Raptors (9-11, 9-9 SEC) began their week with a four-run win over neighbor Park, stringing together timely hits from the game’s get-go, East Ridge coach Brian Sprout said.
“I think the whole week, our hitters hit the ball well,” he said. “We did a good job, having good at-bats and hitting the ball hard all over the field.”
Sophomore Drew Molin took the win for East Ridge, giving up seven hits and two earned runs while fanning six. Junior Ryan Gregory led at bat, going 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Roseville took an early lead in its victory over East Ridge last Wednesday, scoring three runs in the second inning and two more in the third. The Raptors rallied for three runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to close the deficit.
“We had a lot of hits but we couldn’t score,” Sprout said. “We had a couple of runners on in every inning, but we couldn’t score. We did not pitch very well early in the game, and they scored some runs and we couldn’t come back.”
The week ended on a high note, as senior Andy Sammon scored a game-winning, two RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to give the Raptors the victory against Woodbury. Molin took the win on the mound.
The Raptors also lost to Roseville, 6-4, last Wednesday, before beginning section play tomorrow. The Raptors’ opponent was determined in a seed meeting held yesterday, after the Bulletin went to press. The winners of tomorrow’s opening games, however, will play the section’s top four seeds on Saturday.
Looking to tomorrow’s playoff, Sprout said the team will need to play well in all parts of the game – especially when it comes to scoring runs consistently.
“I think throughout most of the week, we did a good job of that,” he said. “We’ll work hard these first few days in practice and hopefully that will continue as we play Thursday.”