The Versailles Republican Sports
April 30, 2009

South Ripley Raiders are working to be "The Boys of Summer"

Gary Franklin, Sports Writer

In spite of having a new head coach in as many years leading the South Ripley Raider baseball program, the season remains positive. They continue their leather punching attack on the diamond to maintain their baseball prowess in the area as they once again open strong and positive in their efforts.
This year's season behind the solid and confident leadership of Coach Greg Hughes, in his first year in the Raider hot seat, hasn't missed a beat. Once again they are proving critics wrong about their capabilities. All have been found to date to be positive for the baseball players and its program at SRHS.
Continuing with strength and determination, the '09 Raiders add regularly to their win column while remaining confident when a loss comes their way.
The team enjoys senior leadership from Andy Miller, Jared Keck, Blake Richmond, Thomas Welch, Seth Leonard and Kevin Gullion. Junior members include: Brian Thomas, Jared Grossman, Chase Grider, Kile Huss and Justin Clements. Sophomore varsity players include: Jonathan Grossman, Tyler Landwehr, Sam Stratton and Jerad Walters.
The Raiders are able to throw a number of different pitchers at the opponents offensive batting threats to keep them off guard. Their versatility and capability to move personnel around the field to cover different positions and not disrupt their game plan has proven to be a strong point for them. They are playing team minded baseball, stepping up to each challenge as required.
Coach Hughes is assisted by Curtis Stephen and Gil Landwehr, depending on their availability. Each coach offers support and adds their own talents to further the positivity of the Raider baseball process, on and off the field.
Weekend of 4/24 & 25 results
Coach Hughes stated, "We had a successful attack on the two teams faced this past weekend, beginning with a Friday evening contest against the Switzerland County Pacers where we claimed the 11-1 victory followed by a Saturday morning game that found us winning 5-4 after one extra inning of action, over the Franklin County Wildcats."
Referencing Friday's game vs SC, Coach Hughes stated, "Brian Thomas pitched his best game of the season, only allowing one unearned run on one hit. Thomas did a good job of keeping the Pacers off-balance all night. The win was also the result of a very balanced hitting attack by the Raiders, which included a 3 for 3 game by Chase Grider and a 3 for 4 outing by Jared Keck."
"Saturday's game was a great battle", stated Coach Hughes, "senior Andy Miller pitched well in his first start of the season. The Raiders' first four batters all scored off five first inning hits, (for a 4-0 lead) then sat on it until extra innings."
In closing the game, a Kile Huss shot earned the game winner in the bottom of the eighth inning, driving home pinch runner Justin Clements. Senior Thomas Welch logged the win, pitching in relief of teammate Miller. "It was a good weekend and hopefully a confidence builder", stated Coach Hughes.
SR batting stats
for the two games
Brian Thomas -
3 Walk's, a sgl & 3 Runs
Tyler Landwehr -
3 sgls, Walk, RBI & 3 Runs
Jared Keck -
3 sgl's, dbl, W, K, 3 RBI's & Run
Andy Miller -
Hit by Pitch, K, sgl & Run
Blake Richmond -
K, Walk, Hit by Pitch & Run
Thomas Welch -
2 Walks, 3 sgl's, tpl & 2 Runs
Kile Huss -
3 sgl's, W, 2 Runs & win vs FC
Seth Leonard -
dbl, 2 RBI's & 2 K's.
Chase Grider -
2 sgl's, dbl, W, RBI and 2 Runs
Jerad Walters -
No at Bats
Sam Stratton -
No at Bats
Over the two game action of the weekend, the Raiders scored 16 runs on 20 hits while only allowing 5 runs on 11 hits.

Nice job Coach Hughes and your SR Raider Team!