The Ridge View baseball team took a 17-2, five inning victory over Westwood at Sloan on Friday, as winning pitcher Kris Alesch pitched four innings, allowing two runs on one hit and striking out eight hitters.
Alesch was also 2 for 5 at the plate and scored twice. Heath Clark was 3-4 for the Raptors, scoring four times and driving in three; Seth Johnson was 2-3, scored twice, drove in three runs and stole two bases; Austin Graff was 2-3, scored twice, and drove in four runs; and Travis Hoeppner was 2-2, scored two runs and had three RBI.
The win boosted the Raptors' season mark to 8-2, and 4-2 in the Western Valley Conference. The Raptors are 8-2 on the season, 4-2 in the Western Valley Conference.
Unfortunately for Ridge View, they got a dose of reality on Saturday, when they traveled to Paullina to face some in a tough non-conference opponents in the South O'Brien Tournament.
In their first contest, the Raptors faced Sheldon, and even though they out-hit the Orabs,12 hits to six, it was Sheldon who ended up on top on the scoreboard, winning 6-3.
Sophomore Ryan Garthoff took the loss on the mound for Ridge View, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits, while striking out two and walking six. Travis Hoeppner finished up. going five innings and allowing one run on two hits, while fanning seven Orab hitters. Heath Clark was 2-4 for the Raptors and scored two runs, while Austin Graff was also 2-4, and Ryan Garthoff was 2-3 and scored one run.
Things didn't get any better in game two for the Raptors when they went up against a hot South O'Brien club. Ridge View again topped their opponent in the hit department, notching 10 hits to the Wolverines' nine, but SOS came out on top in the score, scoring twice in the bottom of the 7th to win a 6-4 decision.
Heath Clark was 2 for 3, for Ridge View, including a double,and he also drove in two runs. Austin Stuchen and Travis Hoeppner each added two hits for the Raptors. Kyle Wessling pitched six innings,and gave up six runs (two earned) on nine hits, while walking two and fanning seven.
South O'Brien was led by Cole Ebel, who was 3-4 and scored two runs, Michael Callahan, who was also 3-4, and Tanner Matthews, who was 2-4, including a home run, and had three RBI.