The Versailles Republican Sports

May 12, 2011

Jac-Cen-Del 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 4-1 lead.

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.