Raiders down rival, let another get away

Staff Writer

A big win over a neighborhood rival and finding another piece to the team's pitching puzzle were highlights of a double-header weekend for the Oak Hill Raiders baseball team.

But striking our four times with the bases loaded in a 5-3 loss put a little damper on things, according to Coach Mitch Bohon.

"Yeah, the big thing was we found another bullpen piece in Nate Lamkin. He threw the ball extremely well and gave us a chance to win the ball game," Bohon said of the junior, who came in with one out in the fourth against Eupora and gave up just one hit and one run with three walks, a hit batsman and four strike-outs.

The Raiders ended up losing the game 5-3, marking the first win of the year for Eupora. Oak Hill may have been flat after opening the day with an 8-6 win over rival Heritage Academy in Columbus.

"Offensively we didn't have a good approach all game and kind of were flat for the most part. They battled, but we didn't execute in the sixth and seventh. Those situations, bases loaded, you can't strike out and we did it four times. You can't win ball games like that," Bohon stated.

"But it was a good learning game for them. They understand you can't just walk into a ball game flat and that you have to bring it every game from the first pitch to the last one. So it was a learning game for them for sure," added the coach, whose team is now 2-2 on the year.

In the Heritage game, the Raiders banged out 10 hits and jumped out early, scoring four in the first, one in the second and two in the third to go up 7-0. The game settled down until Heritage scored four in the fifth and two in the top bottom of the seventh to threaten a comeback before pitcher Reiley Tate got out of the jam.

Tate and Cole Ketchum had big days at the plate. Tate went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Ketchum was 1-for-2 with three RBIs and two walks.

Ethan Bryan also was 2-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI, and Dylan Scott was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two walks and an RBI.

Collins Brown, Robert Thompson, Manning Huffman, and Jonah Caskey each had a hit and an RBI for the Raiders.

Oak Hill walked eight times and struck out seven against Heritage pitchers Banks Hyde, who started, and J.R. Lott.

Bohon went deep in the staff, using five pitchers. In addition to Tate who pitched the seventh, Dylan Scott threw one inning, striking out one, Caskey threw two innings, scattering three hits and two walks around three strike outs. Ketchum went two innings, giving up no hits and no walks while striking out two and facing the minimum six batters.

Brown gave up four runs on four hits, a walk and a strike out but was hurt by two errors in his one inning of work.

The Raiders had other chances against reliever J.R. Lott who walked seven batters in four innings, but he controlled the Oak Hill bats with only one hit.

In the second game, Eupora got out on top, scoring one in the first and another in the third before the Raiders scored in the bottom half of the third. But up 2-1, Eupora erupted for three runs in the fourth to go up 5-1 and Oak Hill could never put together a big inning, despite chipping away with one in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Even stolen bases by Tate and Brown, the first two hitters in the lineup, Bryan and Caskey couldn't spark the offense.

The Raiders got only three hits and struck out 13 times while leaving nine runners on base. They were issued eight walks and had one hit batsman.

Tate, Ketchum and Scott recorded the three hits with Ketchum driving in a run with a double. Tate also doubled and scored. Thompson had an RBI and Collins walked twice and scored a run.
Sophomore Dalton Magers started for the Raiders, going 3.1 innings and throwing 63 pitches. He gave up five hits and two walks while fanning five.

Tanner Knight took the win for Eupora, throwing 107 pitches in 5.1 innings. He gave up one hit but walked seven and struck out nine. Brett May held off Oak Hill late, going 1.2 innings, allowing one hit and one walk while fanning four.