Ridgway Christian made easy work of St. Joseph Tuesday afternoon, winning 21-1 in three innings at Regional Park.
“We hit the ball hard today,” Ridgway head coach Trent Young said. “We hit it on the nose and I was pleased with that.”
Ridgway scored nine runs in the second as 12 batters came to the plate.
After Jacob Andersen reached on an error to start the inning, Cody Anderson, Cody Cheatwood and Blake Pennington all walked. Ezra Tole singled and Larry Tate was hit by a pitch.
Hayden Knight and Demetrius McCullough both walked. A triple by Jacob Andersen scored McCullough before St. Joseph got the final two outs of the inning.
Young said Ridgway (8-7, 5-4 in AACS South Region) hasn’t played that many games this year due to the weather.
“There was a week where we didn’t even play,” Young said. “Our timing was off our last ballgame. We hit it some, but not like I wanted to.”
Ridgway also scored five runs in the first thanks to a two-run single by Knight and a RBI single by Knight. The Eagles capped off the run-rule game with seven runs in the top of the third inning.
“We have a lot of new players and younger players,” St. Joseph head coach Mathew Foss said. “A lot of it is because they don’t know certain rules or whatever and that led to a couple of outs.
“I think it was just a mental day, too.”
St. Joseph (0-6, 0-4) scored its only run in the first inning. Nick Brown walked with one out and later scored on a wild pitch.
“The last time we played them, it wasn’t near like this,” Foss said. “Baseball is so psychological. We’ve improved since last year but we are just trying to figure it out, little by little.”
Ridgway’s Jacob Andersen, a freshman, pitched all three innings and allowed just one run (earned) on one hit, four walks and three strikeouts.
“That was the first time for him to pitch this year,” Young said. “I knew he was going to work through some rough spots, but I thought he finally got into a groove and did better as the game went on.”
Jacob Andersen was also 1 for 4 with a RBI with four runs scored. Cody Andersen was 0 for 1 with three walks and a RBI.
“I was pleased with our hitting overall,” Young said. “Our defense was a little bit better today as well.”
For St. Joseph, Randy Whiteside is credited with the loss. He pitched one inning and allowed five runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout.
Dickson Windsor faced six batters in the second inning. He allowed three walks and he hit a batter. He did not record any outs.
George Dickson closed out the game. He walked five, gave up three hits and struck out five.
Dickson had the only hit for St. Joseph.
Ridgway will play Gospel Light on Thursday. St. Joseph will play Southwest Christian on Thursday.
“We will play Ridgway again,” Foss said. “Maybe by then we will be a little bit more focused and ready to go.”