Sometimes you run into a team that is clicking on all cylinders, and you have a hard time performing to your ability. The Ashley baseball team experienced that first-handWednesday night, as they hosted the Reagan Raiders with a championship game berth on the line. The starting pitcher for the Raiders dominated the Eagles on the mound, tossing 5 innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out 13. This led to an 8-0 victory over Ashley.
The Raiders gained confidence early, scoring 5 runs in the first 2 innings, on plenty of weakly hit balls that found some holes, but aided with some defensive miscues by the Eagles, who made an uncharacteristic 6 errors during the game. Donovan Francis? started on the mound for the Eagles, and took the loss. Christian Tafoya? also threw for Ashley. The Raiders pounded out 11 hits on the night, but only 3 of their runs were earned.
Offensively, Ashley just could not get much going against a pitcher who was throwing strikes at the knees all night long, and did a great job keeping the Eagle hitters off-balance. Alex Highsmith? and Evan Laverick? each collected a hit.
Ashley will be playing in the 3rd place game at 4:30 tomorrow against the Mooresville Blue Devils. Reagan will be facing the New Hanover Wildcats in the championship game at 7:30.