The Ridge View Raptors had a couple of tough conference baseball games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the team traveled to Kingsley-Pierson, and despite grabbing a quick 6-0 lead in the first two innings, they were unable to hold off the host Panther team, which came back with eight runs of their own to post an 8-6 victory.
Ridge View coach Shannon Tesch said he wasn't sure what happened as the team lost a six run lead, just that they "just stopped hitting and playing defense."
Tesch said, "K-P came alive and took advantage of our mistakes."
Austin Graff and Tyler Kenny led the early Raptor attack, with both players getting two hits.
K-P's Tyler Sudbeck was the winning pitcher, going the distance, allowing nine hits and striking out five. Colin Henrich of the Panthers went 3-3 with two runs scored.
The following night, the Raptors hosted Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove, and OA/BCIG "hit the ball hard," said Tesch. The Falcons plated five runs in the top of the first, and, though Ridge View came back with three of their own in the bottom of the first frame, OA/BCIG got two more in the second and continued to roll on to a 16-5 win.
Tesch said that the OA/BCIG batters "are a tough lineup to face," but also said his team had some defensive mistakes that hurt them.
The Raptors had 12 hits on the night. "We hit the ball well," said Tesch, "but I would much rather play good defense than have 12 hits."
Kris Alesch was 3-3 with three RBI for Ridge View, and Austin Graff slugged two doubles.
Ridge View is now 3-4 on the season.