WHITE HALL — Bo Ritter pitched a complete game – allowing just three hits – as Hot Springs Lakeside defeated White Hall 4-2 Tuesday afternoon.
“He is a very good pitcher,” White Hall head coach Skip Carr said. “He had good off-speed and he hit it well.
“We had trouble reading his curveball.”
Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, White Hall cut the deficit in half with a two-run single by Justin Archer.
“We think in the fifth inning, he got a little tired,” Carr said. “We did a better job at the plate between the fifth and seventh innings.”
Turner Sparks and Aaron Johnston led off the fifth with back-to-back walks. A sacrifice bunt by B.J. Pullman moved the runners to second and third. A ground ball to third force the runners to stay put.
With two outs, Archer hit a line drive over the third baseman’s head to score both runners.
“We are glad to have (Justin) back,” Carr said. “He’s still not 100 percent yet. He messed his wrist up before Spring Break.
“He’s just now getting back into the swing of it.”
It would be the only two runs Ritter would give up in the game. He also struck out eight and walked two.
“We are going to see good pitching every game,” Carr said. “We just got to step up and handle it better.”
In White Hall’s loss to Stuttgart on Friday, the Bulldogs (10-9, 6-4 5A South) managed just four hits. But despite just the three hits on Tuesday against Lakeside (14-7, 10-1), Carr was pleased with the teams’ approach at the plate.
“It was better today,” Carr said. “We didn’t swing at as many bad pitches. We didn’t take as many good pitches.
“So I thought our approach was a lot better at the plate. Even though the results weren’t what we wanted.”
Junior Antoine Luster pitched six innings in the loss for White Hall. He allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits with a walk an five strikeouts.
“In the first two innings, he wasn’t very sharp,” Carr said. “After he got loose and settled in, he threw a lot better.”
An RBI single by Brandon Hall gave Lakeside a 1-0 lead in the first inning. A two-run double by Chase Willingham increased the Rams’ lead to 3-0 in the second.
“In the first few innings, (Luster) wasn’t spotting his (breaking ball) very well,” Carr said. “… After the second inning, he found it and was a lot more effective.”
The Rams tacked on an insurance run in the top of the fifth.
Archer finished the game 1 for 2 with two RBIs.
“We hope that he keeps coming around and he’ll help us,” Carr said.
Sparks finished 1 for 2 with a run scored and a walk. Dylan Quickel had the other hit for the Bulldogs.
Hall, who finished 2 for 3 with an RBI, led the Rams’ offense. Hayden Lindsey, Marcus Fisher, Tanner Rice and Willingham all had hits for Lakeside.
White Hall will face rival Watson Chapel on Friday at 4:30 p.m.