Chagrin Falls drops curtain on Ravenna's baseball season
By Jonah Rosenblum Staff Writer Published: May 15, 2017 9:11 PM
On the sunniest of days in Euclid, a snowball struck the Ravens' playoff run.
With numerous walks and miscues causing congestion on the bases, Ravenna dropped a 10-0 decision to Chagrin Falls in the Division II Euclid District semifinals. The top-seeded Tigers take on CVCA, which outlasted Woodridge on an adjacent field, for a district title this afternoon.
"It snowballed," Ravens coach Aaron Rauber said. "You make one mistake, and then the next one's a mistake, and then the next one's a mistake, and the next one's a mistake, and before you know it, there are three runs on the board and you're like, 'How did that happen?'"
It's not that the Tigers (23-5) hit or threw the ball particularly hard. In fact, Ravens hurler Andy Prentice yielded just three hits in his 3 1/3 innings on the mound. Chagrin Falls was remarkably patient at the plate, however, laying off Prentice's two-strike breaking balls and drawing six walks overall.
Ravenna (12-9) dodged an opening foray of walks, but Chagrin Falls scored three in the third and five in the fourth, as the Ravens' walks and fielding mistakes eventually led to big innings for the Tigers.
Joe Teeple provided a highlight for the Ravens, coming out of the bullpen in the fourth and throwing his soft curveball consistently for strikes. No one-trick pony, Teeple started the fifth with a soft curve for strike one, then blew the leadoff hitter away with hard heat.
While there was little else to cheer about for the blue-clad fans at Euclid's Stanic Field Monday afternoon, the good news for the Ravens is they still have at least one more chance to end 2017 on a good note, with their final league game against Streetsboro.
"It's nice because nobody wants to leave with a bad taste in their mouth," Ravenna senior left fielder Brady Starkey said.
For an expanded version of this story, see Tuesday's print and digital editions of the Record-Courier.
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