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(webcast) South Ripley 6, Southwestern 3; Raiders win 2A-45 title

Versailles- After falling to ORVC baseball champion Southwestern twice during the regular season, South Ripley topped the Rebels 6-3 to capture the 2A Sectional 45 championship at Forest Waters Field in Versailles.  It was the Raiders eighth championship and first since 2008.

This game was part of our Bruns-Gutzwiller Spring Webcast Schedule and can be seen again on the IHSAA Champions Network by clicking here.

Coach Dan Thurston’s ninth ranked Rebels drew first blood with two runs in the second. Landon DeAtley walked and William Stockdale reached on a bunt single. Stockdale was lifted for courtesy runner Peyton Cloud.  Then, with two outs, Brady McClain doubled home both runners to give Southwestern a 2-0 lead.

South Ripley responded with a three-run fourth inning to move in front 4-2. Coach Steve Franklin saw his son Bryce reach on a two-base error. Brady Linkel singled then Cody Sample’s base hit to center plated Franklin.  Zach Gentile’s single with followed loaded the bases.  Then one out later, Dalton Smith drove in a pair of runs on a base hit to left.

The Hanover boys closed the gap to 4-3 with a one run in the fifth.  Jamison Lewis led off with an infield single, then standing on third base with one out, Lewis scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Zach Cole.

The final two runs of the contest were scored by the Versailles crew in the sixth.  Franklin boarded on a one-out single then Linkel crushed a two-run homer to left making the final score, 6-3.

Our Southeastern Indiana REMC Power Player of the Game was South Ripley’s Brady Linkel who threw a complete game for the win.  He gave up three earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out eight.  At the plate, Linkel was 2 for 3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

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