Ridenhour 4-4 for North

Published 1:29 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2024

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Bowman Blakely produced three hits, four RBIs and scored three runs as the Ellis baseball team blanked visiting South Davie 14-0 on April 25.

The Jaguars (9-1), who outhit South 12-1 and played error-free defense, got two hits from Mason Driver (2-2, two walks), Brandon Forest (2-4, three runs) and Cayden Thalasinos (2-3, three RBIs).

The game was over after four and a half innings as Forest and Driver combined for nine strikeouts. Forest worked two innings and Driver pitched the last three.

North 9, Watauga 5

After losing three straight games by a total of seven runs, North Davie rallied for a morale-lifting 9-5 win at Watauga on April 23. The star was Wade Ridenhour, who went 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs.

“A big win for us after last week’s heartbreaking losses,” coach Trevor Gooch said. “Hopefully we can build on this win for (this) week’s conference tournament.”

The game ended after the fifth because of a two-hour time limit. The Wildcats stormed in front just in time to stay above .500 at 7-5.

In the final inning, North faced a 5-3 deficit when Ridenhour opened with a single. After two walks, Jack Greer singled. Four walks followed before Ridenhour got his second hit of the inning, a two-run single that capped a six-run uprising and pushed North ahead 9-5.

Watauga failed to score in the fourth and fifth as Aydan Shay and Noah Potts recorded the last six outs. Neither gave up a hit.

Erwin 13, North 7

Two days later, North didn’t have much to cheer about. The highlights from the road loss were two-hit efforts by Greer (three RBIs), Easton Stanley (two RBIs, two runs) and Ridenhour.