Ram BB team ends season with 5-3 tourney loss
By SUE RIEDER
Greene County’s baseball team ended their season on July 17 when they were edged by Atlantic 5-3 in a game that was held in Carroll.
The Trojans scored two runs in the first inning when Ram pitcher Riah Nelsen walked two runners and gave up a double. The Rams answered with one run in the top of the second inning when Atlantic made two errors, and Tyler Beger smashed a single and drove in Jordan Challen. The Rams took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third when Nelsen walked, Alex Rasmussen was hit by a pitch, Challen laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third base, and Reid Lamoureux belted a 2RBI double. The lead was short lived, as Atlantic scored two in the bottom of the third via two singles, a walk, and a double. They also added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when one of a Trojans singled and the Rams committed two errors.
Unofficially, the Rams were held to five hits, but had more base runners due to several Trojan errors. Daric Whipple had two singles, Lamoureux scored two with a double, and Nelsen and Beger both had one single.
Nelsen pitched the first three innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits and four walks. Riah struck out three batters. Colton Fitzpatrick came in and worked the final three innings, allowing one run on two hits. Colton struck out four Atlantic batters and walked none.
The Rams end the season with 19 wins, the most since Coach Sawhill started with the program. “We had chances to win today, but we just couldn’t get hits when we needed them to drive in baserunners,” said the coach. “This has been a great group to work with. They have worked hard to get better. I wish we could have won today, but I am still proud of what the team has accomplished this season.”