Cleveland baseball Coach Ted Carson was looking for a way to pull the Blue Raiders out of their recent slump on the baseball diamond. Carson was hoping a visit by the 5-15 Soddy-Daisy Trojans would be just what the doctor ordered.
The doctor’s order was a bit late arriving, but the prescription of hits the Blue Raiders have been lacking cured some of Cleveland’s ills. The Raiders came alive with four hits in the fifth to come back from a 2-1 deficit and went on to pick up a much-needed District 5-AAA win by a score of 5-2.
“That was a big win for us. We got an outstanding performance by Taylor. One of their two runs they shouldn’t have scored,” Cleveland coach Ted Carson said referring to an error that led to the second Soddy-Daisy run. “But he finished strong. He was getting a little tired at the end, but he hung in there and got the win.”
Thompson finished off the night with 14 strikeouts while giving up eight hits in a complete game effort.
The Trojans got out of the gate early in their first at bat. Cleveland starter Taylor Thompson struck out the first two Soddy batters, but walked the third. The free pass led to singles and a 1-0 Trojans.
The Blue Raiders (11-16, 5-4 District 5-AAA) bounced right back in the bottom half of the inning, tying the score on a Soddy-Daisy error, a walk and a single off the bat of Mike Powers.
The Trojans took the lead back in the fourth with a double and single that led to a misplayed throw on a third-to-home rundown and a 2-1 Trojans lead.
The Blue Raiders opened the bottom of the inning on a scorching double off the left-field wall by Kimsey Bell. Jake Wyrick followed with a walk. A pickoff throw from the Soddy catcher to second rolled into center field and Bell hustled home to tie the game at 2-2.
Mike Powers stepped in a smacked a high bouncer that kicked up chalk at third base. With Blue Raiders on second and third with only one out, Hunter Oliver bounced a two-run RBI over the Trojans’ shortstop giving Cleveland its first lead of the night at 4-2. A Soddy error led to the final run of the inning for the Raiders who held a 5-2 advantage.
“We had some big, timely hits. Hunter Oliver had a hit that scored two runs. We had some good base running by Kimsey Bell. Eric Powers also hit the ball well tonight. We hit the ball well, and at good times,” said Carson.
Thompson fanned two Trojans in the sixth and one more in the seventh before giving up a walk and a single, prompting Carson to stroll to the mound for a chat with his junior right-hander. His second walk of the inning loaded the bases with only one out. Thompson put the Raiders one step closer to the win when his second K of the inning slammed the door with a final strikeout to lock up the win.
“I just asked him how he was doing and told him to throw strikes and go hard, we just needed a couple more outs,” Carson said of the visit with his winning pitcher.
The Blue Raiders will go for the series sweep tonight at 7 at Soddy-Daisy.
“We’ve just got to line up every day like we’ve said all along. It’s one game at a time,” said the Cleveland coach.
BLUE RAIDERS 5, TROJANS 2
Soddy-Daisy 100 001 0 — 2 8 2
Cleveland 100 040 x — 5 7 1
WP: Taylor Thompson. LP: Gavin Rogers. 2B: , Devin Dematteo, Austin Hickey, Christian Amos (SD); Kimsey Bell (C). Other highlights: Amos 3-3, Dematteao 2-4 (SD); Mike Powers 3-4 (C). Records: Cleveland (11-16, 5-4 District 5-AAA).