Raiders let big lead slip to Trojans despite late rally

 Central Holmes batter Landon Rawson loads up to hit as Oak Hill catcher Manning Huffman prepares for the play

The Oak Hill Academy Raiders let a big lead slip away Friday night in a 14-13 loss, but saw the game go down to the wire at home against Central Holmes Christian School.

Cole Ketchum started on the mound for the Raiders and set down the first three Trojan batters he faced.

The Raiders managed little at the plate to start the game and the Trojans would strike first in the top of the second, when a wild pitch allowed a runner to cross.

Errors would cost the visiting Trojans in the bottom half of the second inning, though. Oak Hill then turned five errors into eight runs to extend a healthy lead early in the ballgame.

In the big second inning, Dylan Scott helped drive the momentum with a two-run homer over the left field fence to extend the Raiders’ lead to 5-1.

Grayson Easterling also got a clean RBI single to polish off the inning to close out the second with an 8-1 lead.

Trojan pitcher Wes Hudson started the game and suffered through the errors of the second inning, before settling in and even contributing to his own cause with a a solo home run in the top of fifth.

Datlon Magers, Jonah Caskey, Reiiley Tate, and Robert “Icebox” Thompson would all see action on the mound for the Raiders in the losing effort.

Central Holmes managed to build a 14-9 lead over Oak Hill going into the bottom of the seventh, but the home team refused to go quietly.

The Raiders loaded the bases and Cameron Dill took a walk to get the first run of the inning across.

Nate Lamkin would then come off the bench to knock in two runs on a big line drive to close the Trojans’ lead to two.

Caskey followed, knocking in the final run across for the inning, but Oak Hill would ultimately come up a run short in the 14-13 loss.

“We just didn’t play a clean game and we didn’t put them away when we should have like a good team should have,” Oak Hill coach Mitch Bohon said. “But it’s something we can learn from and it can definitely make us better going forward. It’s a game we grow from and makes us strong as a whole.”

The Raiders (8-6) will take on Caroll Academy at home on Tuesday at 6 p.m.