Inserted into the lineup in the bottom of

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Inserted into the lineup in the bottom of the second inning, replacing Will Kletzien, who left the game after fouling a pitch off his left leg, Sandor got the eventual game-winning hit in sparking the Rough Riders to a 6-5 Western Reserve Conference South Division win over the visiting Ravens.

After Ravenna rallied from an early four-run deficit to tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the fifth on a two-out, two-run single by Chad Roberts, Roosevelt sandwiched a pair of singles around a flyout in the bottom of the frame, putting runners at the corners with only one out.

Sandor, a 5-foot-10 senior, then lined reliever Luke Summers' first delivery into left field, driving in Isreal Victor with the tiebreaking tally.

"He's a kid who has been a reserve for us, the kind of kid you want to coach," said Roosevelt coach Joe Shaw, whose Rough Riders improved to 4-4 overall and 1-4 in WRC South play. "You ask him to do something and he does it without no questions. Put him in a situation like that _ he's a senior who played JV ball last year _ this year he has come up and down well for us.

"He's a clutch hitter ... he's a good first-pitch hitter. Whenever that first strike comes in, he normally hits it. He's not a kid who strikes out. He worked his way into the lineup and he's coming around. He's going to get some more playing time."

The rally continued when Pat Smith loaded the bases with a bunt single, but Summers induced a couple force outs, ending the threat.

Ravenna (6-9, 0-5) had a golden opportunity to level things up in the top of the seventh off Victor, but a foiled steal attempt and a big double play thwarted the effort.

A walk, followed by a wild pitch and a throwing error, put Ravenna's Lavar Martin at third with the potential tying run and Jeff Kirby at first with the potential lead run.

However, Ravenna coach Guy Tontimonia, in an attempt to move Kirby into scoring position, put on a play that would divert Victor's attention.

"The call was a fake suicide squeeze where we wanted to get the runner to second with nobody out," said the first-year coach. "With Luke coming up, we thought we had a good chance of scoring him (Kirby)."

What happened instead was Martin ventured too far off third and was eventually tagged out at the plate in a rundown.

However, Summers did reach via a walk, advancing Kirby to second.

But Victor then induced a 6-4-3 twin killing, ending the game.

While it was a tough loss, Tontimonia is still optimistic.

"They battled and I hate to lose," said the Ravens boss, "but hopefully, we are turning the corner. We played a pretty good game and Kent's got a good team."

Roosevelt starter Ricky Strong earned the victory. The senior right-hander pitched six solid innings, yielding five runs on five hits. He struck out 11 and walked four.

Sophomore Jason Graves started the game for Ravenna, but left in the third with some arm tightness. He gave up five runs, three hits and six walks. He also hit Denny Highsmith with the bases loaded in the first inning, plating the Rough Riders' second run of the inning.

Roosevelt added two more runs in the second to go ahead 4-0.

Ravenna cut the lead in half with a pair of RBI doubles off the bats of Kirby and Summers in the top of the third.

Chris Sullivan paced Roosevelt's nine-hit attack with three hits. Thad Bzomowski and Smith each had two.

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