MASSILLON, OH- The Cinderella story continues in Canfield, as the South Range Raiders dominated the Grand Valley Mustangs 4-2 on Friday evening. Behind an excellent pitching performance in Junior, Sam Brooks, the Raiders were able to muster 8 hits in order to advance to the Final Four in Columbus next week.
The Raiders would get on the board in the bottom of the first when for the second day in a row, Ben Rivera doubled to score the first run of the game. Freshman, Jake Gehring would then drive home Bryce James on a sacrifice fly to center field. In the bottom of the third, Gehring would strike again on a single to center, that would again score James and make it 3-1. Mike Cunningham would finish the Raider scoring with a sac fly to left field that scored Rivera. The Raiders only allowed Grand Valley Starter Gordon Seger to hurl 38 pitches (26 strikes) before he was pulled for Derek Jackson.
On the mound for South Range, Sam Brooks went 6 innings (96 pitches, 56 strikes) while giving up one run on 3 walks and 6 punchouts. Brandon Youngs would come in and shut the door on the Mustangs giving up one hit, one walk, and a strikeout to end the game.
The Raiders will gear up for Columbus and will play Thursday at 7PM.
Head Coach Jim Hanek