BELOIT OH- Saturday was a long day for West Branch, falling to South Range 11-5.
West Branch got things moving in the first inning. The Warriors scored one run when Hunter Shields doubled.
In the bottom of the second inning, West Branch tied things up at four when Anthony Perry drew a walk, scoring one run.
South Range pulled away for good with one run in the third inning. In the third Gaven Nagy doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.
The Warriors tallied three runs in the second inning. Aaron Tucker, Beau Alazaus, and Perry each drove in runs during the inning.
The Raiders scored five runs in the fifth inning. Nick Plunkett, Tyson Tarajack, Smesko, and Wardle all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
Blake Jeffries earned the victory on the pitcher’s mound for South Range. The righthander allowed four hits and four runs over four innings, striking out four. Joe Aey, Konnor Brogan, and Jake Shumate all put in work in relief out of the bullpen, steering their team towards the victory.
Perry took the loss for the Warriors. The pitcher surrendered five runs on ten hits over three innings, striking out two and walking one.
Reed Williams went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead West Branch in hits.
South Range racked up 17 hits on the day. Plunkett, Shane Lindstrom, Tarajack, and Billy Skripac each collected multiple hits. Plunkett led the way with four hits in four at bats. The Raiders stole seven bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Plunkett led the way with three.
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