The Cleveland Blue Raiders dodged the raindrops just long enough Friday night to get in a little baseball as they welcomed the Coahulla Creek High School (Dalton, Ga.) Colts to Raider Field.The …
The Cleveland Blue Raiders dodged the raindrops just long enough Friday night to get in a little baseball as they welcomed the Coahulla Creek High School (Dalton, Ga.) Colts to Raider Field.
The Raiders (10-8) put a mark in the "W" column with a 3-0 victory over the Colts (9-12) while riding an outstanding pitching performance from Landen Beaty. Cleveland came through with several timely hits, scoring the only runs they needed in one outburst to notch the victory.
“This was a good win over a quality opponent,” Raiders coach Preston Scoggins said. “We didn’t take advantage of some things early, but we stayed patient and finally came through there in the fifth. We took advantage of some walks and strung a few hits together; that was good to see.”
Both teams had their chances early in the game, but neither managed to put a dent in the scoreboard.
Beaty worked his way into and out of a jam in both the first and second innings, overcoming a walk, a single and an error in the first and a single, a hit batsman and a wild pitch in the second.
The Raiders missed a golden opportunity in their first turn at the dish and again in the fourth as singles from Ryan Lee and Barkley McGowan went by the wayside. A pickoff play and a double play in the first ended the Cleveland threat. The Raiders wasted three hits in the fourth with another pickoff stopping the rally.
In the bottom of the fifth, Jonathan Powers got things started with a lead-off walk in front of Robert Flowers, who was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. Hayden Tinsley put the home team on the board scorching a two-run single into left field. With two outs, McGowan tacked on another run with a sharp single up the middle to give Cleveland a 3-0 lead.
The three runs proved to be more than enough run support for Beat, who worked his way around a pair of free passes in the sixth and finished strong in the seventh, retiring three-straight Colts to secure the win.
Beaty went the distance to get the win for the Raiders, scattering three singles and striking out nine Colts along the way. James Reece took the loss for Coahulla Creek while Eli Chumley pitched in relief.
“Landen did a great job tonight,” said the Cleveland coach. “They have a good club and a lot of good players over there, and he threw the ball well and kept us in it until we could put a few runs on the board. Three hits and complete-game shutout, that’s outstanding and it gives us another option to go to on the mound down the road.”
Jack Pullen and Lee paced the Raiders with two hits each, while Irvin Hernandez gathered two of Coahulla Creek's three hits.
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