Eagle Lunsford's home run opens the gate -
South Ripley Raider Dilk's second homer slammed it shut
Raider varsity teammates escort their home run hero
of the moment, Jason Dilk, back to the dugout with a
commanding 7-1 lead on the scoreboard.
Gary Franklin, Sports Writer
Finally with desired baseball type weather
for a game on Monday, May 9, the Jac-Cen-Del Eagle varsity
baseball team traveled to compete against the hosting rival
South Ripley Raiders at SRHS.
Senior Raider pitcher Matt Brooks drew the assignment on the
mound for SR where he first faced senior Eagle lead off batter
Derek Lunsford. The battle led to a full count of three balls
and two strikes before Lunsford smashed the ball over the
right field fence for a solo home run.
As the inning progressed, Brooks and the Raiders closed the
top out without allowing another score. As it ended up, SR
would jointly keep JCD from scoring again for the remainder
of the shortened game, claiming a 12-1 victory in the fifth
off a two run home run by Jason Dilk.
Dilk earned three RBI's with his first home run of the game
off freshman Eagle pitcher Alex Schottmer. The game ending
home run in the bottom of the fifth merited two more RBI's
off a pitch from Eagle senior Trevor Arnett.
The game was actually over much earlier in the contest as
SR held JCD from scoring after the opening inning as SR scored
one run for a tie before Raider pitcher Brooks connected for
a deep shot in right field for a triple, that he turned into
a three RBI shot after stealing home on the missed catch at
third from an Eagle fielder.
After the first complete inning of play, SR had captured a
Raider Dilk's first home run for 3 RBI's advanced SR's lead
to 7-1. The Raiders scored two more runs in the next inning
to claim a 10-1 lead. Raider Dilk's second home run of the
game, a game ending 2 RBI shot over the fence came in the
bottom of the fifth against senior Eagle relief pitcher Trevor
Arnett on a 1 ball - 1 strike count with 2 outs sealing the
deal by the 10 run/five inning rule, 12-1 over JCD.