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The Ravenna Red Tails were unable to overcome an early 7-0 deficit as and dropped a 22-12 H League contest to the Champion Flashes in opening-round action at the Ravenna Hot Stove Regional Tournament on Saturday at Volunteer Park.
Trailing 11-3 in the bottom of the third inning, Ravenna managed to get back into the game by scoring seven runs to cut the deficit to one, but could get no closer as the Flashes broke it open with 10 unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Champion scored seven runs in the top of the first. The big hits were a triple by leadoff batter Marcam Nolan and doubles by Bret Miller, Carter Boggs and Carter Chapin.
Ravenna bounced back with three tallies in the bottom of the first. Conner Welling singled and Hunter Dray was hit by a pitch. Both runner scored on throwing errors, while Madeline Wilson walked and raced home on a ground ball by Anthony Edwards to cut the lead.
But Champion got those three runs back in the second on an RBi single by Ethan Lasio and a two-run single by Boggs.
The Flashes added another run in the third on singles by Lasio and Miller to push the margin to 11-3.
The Red Tails finally got their bats going in the bottom of the third inning, scoring seven runs to cut the lead to 11-10.
Jaxson Kelly started the uprising, reaching on a hit batsman, then came around to score on a triple by Wilson. River Allman then rapped an RBI single.
A pair of walks and a base hit by Mason Medhurst loaded the bases to bring up Dray, who sent a fly ball over the centerfielder's head and raced all the way around for a grand slam home run to slice the lead to 11-10.
Champion wasted little time in answering as Boggs ripped a three-run, inside-the -ark homer to give the Flashes some breathing room.
Champion exploded for seven runs in the fifth on a two-run triple by Boggs, who finished a double short of the cycle, and RBI hits by Lasio and Dean Jacobson to open a 21-10 lead,
With the game on the verge of being stopped by the 10-run mercy rule, Ravenna managed to keep thing gong with two runs on bases loaded walks by Dray and Wilson.
But the reprieve was short-lived ,as the Flashes scored a run in the top of the sixth. The game ended when Ravenna failed to score in the bottom of the sixth.
Boggs had a home run, triple, and two singles, Chapin added two doubles and a single, and Miller chipped in with a double and single for Champion.
In another H League game played Saturday, Windham Stoney's Pizza saw its seventh-inning rally fall short in a 10-7 loss to the Maplewood Rockets.
Windham took an early 3-0 lead, but 10 unanswered runs gave the Rockets a lead they never relinquish.
Stoney's took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Colton Hall walked and scored an unearned on an error by Maplewood.
Windham added two more tallies in the second on singles by Tristen Shearer and Braylon Walker and a two-run triple by Kaishawn Scales.
The Rockets struck early in the second as the first four batters scored, two on a throwing error and and two on a single by Andrew Donaldson. Two more runs came home on wild pitches.
Maplewood added its final four runs in the third on a three-run home run by Hunter Manser and another wild pitch.
Trailing 10-4, Windham scored three runs in the top of the seventh. Scales singled and scored on an error, then De'Angelo Ridenbuagh and Hall walked. Ridenbuagh scored on a single by Kevin Eubanks, and Hall crossed the plate on a groundout by Brandon Petrich.
But the rally fell short as the next batter flied out to centerfield to end the game.
Dominic Bortz came on in relief of Windham starter Corbin Jones-Groff in the fourth inning and was perfect over the final three innings, striking out eight of the nine batters he faced
Scales led the Windham offense with a triple and two singles, and Eubanks added a pair of singles.
In another H League game, the Mathews Mustangs downed the Garfield Cyclones 18-8.
Jake Petak led Mathews with a double and single, Mason Coelho rapped a double and Gage Davis had a single.
Preston Gedeon smacked a two-run home run to pace Garfield. Kade Borrelli added a double, and Zach Bierer chipped in with a single.