Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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March 21, 2012

Raiders’ baseball moves region record to 3-0 with big win over Sherwood

AMERICUS — After starting the season 2-2, the Southland Raiders have gone on a four game winning streak to bring their record to 6-2 on the season and place them squarely atop the Region 3-AAA standings. Even more impressive than their winning streak is the quality of opponents that the Raiders have been able to overcome in their run of four straight wins.

After defeating region opponents Calvary and Deerfield last week, the Raiders continued their strong Region 3-AAA play on Tuesday with a huge 13-3 win over the visiting Sherwood Christian Academy Eagles. The win put the Raiders at 3-0 over the last week of play with all three wins coming against Region 3-AAA opponents.  

Ryan Johnson took the hill for the Raiders on Tuesday and earned the victory with yet another strong performance on the year.

Johnson went all five innings as the Raiders sent the Eagles home early by way of the ten run mercy rule. Over his five innings of work, Johnson amassed nine strikeouts while not allowing a single earned run or surrendering a walk to the Eagles.

At the plate, the Raiders got multiple hit games from five of their batters. Johnson helped himself earn a win at the plate by going 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI for the Raiders.

Sophomore outfielder Dustin Shattles and junior outfielder Dillon Hughes each had two hits for the Raiders while driving in 2 RBI’s a piece.

Hunter Weldon also added a two for three day with a double and two runs scored.

Ford Roach rounded out the multiple hitters, going two for three as well with 2 RBI and a run scored.

Despite a few defensive errors, the Raiders were able to send the Eagles packing earlier by outscoring them 13-3 and end the game in five innings. “Mentally we weren’t quite as sharp as I would have liked, but we are 3-0 in the region and that is always a  nice place to be,” said Southland head coach John Brady.

“We have some big tests coming up in front of us though,” he added.

The Raiders will take on Randolph Southern at 4:30 on the road on Monday, before travelling to Westfield to play a tough Region 3-AAA Hornets team at 6:30 on Tuesday, March 27.

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