MYRTLE BEACH, SC- Friday’s game against St Mary’s Ryken was a heartbreaker for the South Range Raiders, as they lost the lead late in a 19-9 defeat. The game was tied at eight with St Mary’s Ryken batting in the top of the fourth when an error scored one run for St Mary’s Ryken, and the floodgates opened.
The good news: The Raiders collected 11 hits against St Mary’s Ryken.
The bad news: Ryken had 19 in the high-scoring affair. At one point stringing 12 straight hits in a row.
The Raiders took an early lead in the first inning. Dylan Dominguez grounded out, scoring one run. They tallied four more runs in the third inning. Ben Rivera, Dylan Dominguez, and Kris Scandypowered the big inning with RBIs.
St Mary’s Ryken took the lead for good with six runs in the fourth inning when Jack Grahame singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring one, Kasey Winegardner singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring another, and Austin Luther doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring a pair. St Mary’s Ryken scored eight more runs in the fifth inning. Blake Pesante, Austin Watts, Will Johnson, Pesante, and Rocky Grimes all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.
Ethan Gray got the start for St Mary’s Ryken. He lasted two and a third innings, allowing seven hits and eight runs while striking out two and walking zero.
Brandon Mikos was on the hill for Raiders. He allowed eight hits and nine runs over four innings, striking out seven. Dylan Dominguez and Kris Scandy entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one and one-third innings and two-thirds of an inning, respectively.
St Mary’s Ryken racked up 19 hits on the day. Luther, Pesante, Winegardner, Matt Harren, and Watts all managed multiple hits for St Mary’s Ryken. Luther went 4-for-5 at the plate to lead St Mary’s Ryken in hits.
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