As reported by Sam McGaw of the Brentwood Homepage.
Timely hitting and effective pitching were the ingredients to Ravenwood's 10-1 win over the Riverdale Warriors at Siegel High School Tuesday night.
With a four-run rally in the second inning, a six-run rally in the fifth and a complete game from pitcher Micah Kaczor, the Raptors sliced through the Warriors to advance to the second round of the Class AAA state baseball tournament.
"They always say that's the biggest one because you don't want to have to play from behind and dig your way through the loser's bracket," Ravenwood head coach Teddy Craig said about earning a first-round win. "We started two seniors today, so that was a big confidence boost for those guys be on the big platform and to play very well."
The Raptors started the game by going three up, three down with two strikeouts against Riverdale pitcher Colin Snider in the first inning. However, the District 11-AAA champs turned everything around in the second.
With the bases loaded and one out, catcher Matthew Dudas was walked to bring in senior Davis Elliott for the first run of the game.
The doors blew wide open in the ensuing at-bat as Hagan Severance delivered a frozen rope down the left-field line for a three-run double to give the Raptors a 4-0 edge.
Ravenwood's bats were shut down the next two innings before exploding again in the fifth.
The first score of their next streak came after a Ryan Beamish double to deep center field plated Ryan Pope and advanced Severance to third.
Following an intentional walk of Bryce Denton, Elliott stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. Just like Severance did in the second inning, Elliott sent a line drive down the left-field line to clear the bases for a double.
"We loaded the bases twice and someone steps up there and clears the bases," Craig said. "When you can get six runs off two hits, that's big…especially in a game like this."
A single by Haynie put Elliott on third before a single by Darrell Freeman sent him across the plate for a 9-1 lead.
Haynie scored two batters later on a Dudas groundout for Ravenwood's final run of the game.
"(Colin Snider) is a good pitcher and you can tell he has a lot of movement," Craig said. "If you told me we were going to put 10 up, I would've told you you're crazy because he's been good all year."
While Snider had two bad innings, Ravenwood pitcher Micah Kaczor shined throughout the contest.
In a complete game victory, Kaczor recorded six strikeouts, eight hits allowed and one earned run.
Riverdale's lone run came with two outs in the top of the fifth after Kaczor beamed Kaleb Swayze with the bases loaded to score Jordan McNeal.
Swayze was forced out at second in the next at-bat to end the inning.
"Micah was outstanding," Craig stated. "You can tell when the bases are loaded, he doesn't get rattled. He just goes back to work. He was able to make some quality pitches when the game could go either way."
Next up for the Raptors is Farragut, which beat Cookeville 6-1 on Tuesday.
The two will square off in the second round of the Class AAA tournament at Siegel Wednesday.
The first pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
Sam McGaw is the sports editor for Brentwood Home Page. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow him on Twitter @SamMcGawSports.