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Extended season desires for ORVC Champion South Ripley Raiders ends in 2nd round of Baseball Sectional #45

Gary Franklin

A near perfect day for baseball finally made its way to the 2017 season as no rain was the weather call on Mon. May 30 at the IHSAA Class 2A Baseball Sectional #45 in Austin. Head Coach Steve Franklin's South Ripley Raiders took to the diamond, as the Home team on the scoreboard, against the Austin Eagles. However, sometimes the blues get in the way of momentum runs, prompting shifts in the game.

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Pictured left, South Ripley Raider Jackson Cornett (7) rings up the first run on SR side of the scoreboard as he hustles across the plate from third on the Eagle's wild pitch.

The great weather would have no answer for that. A pitcher's dual was obviously forming with Raider Avery Halcomb manning the mound duties, and the Eagle starting pitcher giving both teams hope for victory as the game progressed through the early innings, then the inevitable controversial call came eliminating hustling Cory Walker's reaching first base and being declared an out, igniting chaos. With the Raiders back on the field and two out in the top of the fifth, the Eagle catcher delivered a solo HR shot over the left center field fence to capture the 1-0 lead.

Still shaken, the Raiders allowed Austin to add three more runs in the top of the sixth, after coming up empty through five. However, a rally by SR in the bottom of the sixth produced two runs, cutting their deficit in half with another at bat remaining. Raider action in defensive mode during the top of the seventh, leaving the Eagles scoreless left hope strongly alive, with SR having the final at bat opportunity.

However, with the game just out of SR's reach, Austin prevailed in eliminating the Raider seventh inning threat, advancing themselves into the night cap championship contest to either face the Switzerland County Pacers or the Milan Indians, to which Milan battled to finish the 5-4 winner, propelling them into the championship game at 7 PM.
The Indians fell to the hosting Austin Eagles 0-2 in the Championship battle.

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