Raceland used timely hits and steady pitching to beat Ashland, 3-2, on Friday night at Central Park.
The Rams hadn’t beaten the Tomcats since April 2008.
“It’s a great win for our team, and hopefully we can build on it,” said senior pitcher Zayne Sammons. “We beat a great team.”
Sammons delivered a strong pitching effort, tossing a complete game while striking out three. He gave up eight hits, but shut out the Tomcats through five innings.
“I thought the Sammons kid threw a heck of a game,” said Ashland coach Jeff Wilcox. “And they made some nice plays in the field. They just made the plays that they needed to.”
Raceland (4-4) scored its first run on Ashland senior starter Logan Salow on a bases-loaded walk in the first inning. Salow struggled with control all evening — he allowed eight free passes in four frames. He tallied 10 strikeouts and gave up no hits before being replaced by reliever Aaron Elam.
The Rams led off the sixth inning with a Drew Darby single and drew two walks against Elam. Freshman Kane Snyder hit a sacrifice fly and eighth-grader Nathaniel Davidson chipped in an RBI single to give Raceland a 3-0 lead.
“We didn’t get a lot of hits, but they were timely,” said Raceland coach Randy Vanderhoof. “You could tell our kids were really focused.”
Vanderhoof said his team has put in a great deal of extra time with bats in hand.
“Last Saturday, our kids came in and hit on their own for five hours,” he said.
The Rams have somehow, even with all the unpredictable weather, worked in eight games already, most against good competition.
A win over the defending region champions is a “great momentum builder,” said Sammons.
“It was a really intense game,” said the right-hander. “In the later innings, I was just trying to bear down and get through it.”
Raceland hosts Coal Grove on Thursday.
Ashland (1-1) is back in action today against Mason County at Central Park at noon.
“I just thought we weren’t ready to play (Friday),” Wilcox said. “We just didn’t show any excitement. The good thing is, I don’t get to dwell on this one too much.”
Ashland was led in hitting by Salow, who was 2-for-4 with a run, and Cade O’Bryan, who went 2-for-4. Evan Cox and Cam Fritz supplied the RBIs.
RACELAND 100 002 0 — 3 2 1
ASHLAND 000 001 1 — 2 8 0
Sammons and Tolliver; Salow, Elam (5) and Fritz. W—Sammons. L—Salow. 2B—O’Bryan (A), Salow (A).
Elliott Co. 0
WESTWOOD Fairview’s offense needed just two innings to dispose of Elliott County on Friday night.
The Lady Eagles (2-2) put up 14 runs in the first and seven more in the second inning as Tayler Thompson pitched a no hitter. She faced 10 batters, striking out nine and walking one.
Becca Thompson cranked a grand slam to highlight the outpouring of runs in the first frame.
Both Maddie Kirk and Sarah Dunn went 3-for-3. Kirk drove in three runs, and Dunn one.
Katie Ritchie went 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Kara Adkins was also 2-for-3.
Fairview heads to Ironton on Thursday.
ELLIOTT CO. 000 — 0 0 6
FAIRVIEW (14)7x — 21 13 0
Smith and Markwell; Thompson and Kirk. W—T. Thompson. L—Smith. 2B—Ritchie (F) 2. HR—B. Thompson (F).