A two-game sweep of Crisp County on Wednesday at Redan moved the Raiders into the Class 3A Elite 8 round of the state baseball playoffs for the first time since 2013’s run to the state title.
The No. 3 ranked Raiders (25-9) and Crisp County (13-20) headed into the fourth inning tied at 0-0 when Crisp struck for four runs to go up 4-0 heading into the bottom of the inning.
Redan responded with seven runs of its own in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-4 lead on the way to the 12-5 Game 1 victory.
The nightcap went 15-4 in favor of the Raiders behind a big grand slam from catcher Orlando Adams.
Redan is awaiting the winner of the Pike County/Coahulla Creek series which is tied at 1-1 and headed to the deciding third game. A coin flip would decide the home team if Pike County, also a No. 1 seed, is the victor. A series victory by Coahulla Creek gives Redan the home field advantage.
The three-game series is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10 (doubleheader) and Thursday, May 11 (single game, if necessary).
For the second playoff series in a row the Arabia Mountain Rams lost the series opener only to bounce back for a win in the nightcap to force a third game against the McIntosh Chiefs.
The Rams (21-10) opened its first ever second round playoff series with a quick start jumping out to an early 2-0 lead. The Chiefs (21-13) battled back to take a 5-3 lead on the way to an 8-4 victory to go up 1-0 in the series.
With their backs against the wall, the Rams responded with a 7-5 victory in the nightcap to force the nightcap.
The pair are scheduled for a 5:00 pm start tonight (Thursday, May 4) depending on the rain. A rainout would move the game to Friday.
A two-game sweep at the hands of the River Ridge Knights brought an end to the Tucker Tigers amazing 22-game win streak and their season in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs at Tucker on Wednesday.
River Ridge (27-7) went deep four times to jump out to a 6-0 lead in the first four innings on the way to a 10-3 opening game victory. Bowling got the homer parade started with a two-run shot to left-center field in the first inning to make it 2-0.
Anderson’s solo shot in the second and Chatam’s solo homer to lead off the fourth inning made it 4-0. Blabqugh added a towering, two-run shot into the trees in center field to finish off the fourth with the Knights up 6-0.
River Ridge upped the lead to 10-0 with two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
During this time the Tigers would leave three runners in scoring position and hit into a pair of double plays to kill rallies.
Tucker finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning on back-to-back RBI doubles by Emory Willis and Jalen Sewell. Sewell would late score on a throwing error by the catcher to make the final of 10-3.
The Tigers (26-8) continued to have trouble scoring runs in the second game as River Ridge closed out the series with a 10-0 victory.
DCSD STATE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
Wednesday, May 3
River Ridge (27-7) 10, Tucker (26-8) 3
River Ridge (27-7) 10, Tucker (26-8) 0
River Ridge wins series 2-0
McIntosh (21-13) 8, Arabia Mountain (21-10) 4
Arabia Mountain (21-10) 7, McIntosh (21-13) 5
Series tied 1-1
Redan (25-9) 12, Crisp County (13-20) 7
Redan (25-9) 15, Crisp County (13-20) 4
Redan wins series 2-0
Thursday, May 4
McIntosh at Arabia Mountain, if necessary, at 5:00 p.m.
Depending on rain, will move to Friday
Wednesday Doubleheader – Adults $10.00; Students $10.00
Thursday Single Game If Necessary — Adults $10.00; Students $10.00