With a share of first place on the line, the Sun Valley High baseball team defeated Marvin Ridge, 7-2, on the road Tuesday night to earn its ninth straight victory. The Spartans (11-2) are currently tied with Cuthbertson atop the Southern Carolina Conference standings with one regular season game left in the regular season.
After opening the scoring in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by senior Jimmy Kerley, Sun Valley poured on five more runs in the second inning to put the game out of reach. In the frame, the Spartans scored on an RBI groundout by senior Jacob Bowman, an RBI single by senior Brandon Butterworth and a two-run double by senior Greg Bello.
Bowman smacked an RBI double in the top of the third to extend the lead to 7-0 before Marvin Ridge got on the board in the bottom of the frame on an RBI groundout by junior Sota Asano. The Mavericks’ only other run came in the bottom of the fifth on a sac fly by senior Tyler Cherry.
This marked Sun Valley’s first victory over Marvin Ridge since May 4, 2011. The Spartans had lost 26 straight games against the Mavericks before Tuesday. The two teams meet again Friday at Sun Valley in both teams’ regular season finales.
Cuthbertson 12, Parkwood 0
Cuthbertson kept pace with Sun Valley atop the SCC standings with a blowout win over Parkwood at home Tuesday. The win was the Cavaliers’ fifth straight since losing back-to-back games to Marvin Ridge in May.
Cuthbertson (11-2) was led offensively by freshman Tristan Potts, who went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and four RBI. The only other Cavalier to drive in multiple runs was senior Bennett Wolf, who went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI.
The Cavaliers used three pitchers — Brandon Hudson, Mitch Kahlenburg and Connor Higgins — in the shutout win. The trio combined to strike out eight Parkwood (4-9) players while only walking one batter.
Cuthbertson and Parkwood meet again Thursday night at Parkwood in both teams’ regular season finales. The Cavaliers can clinch a share of the SCC regular season title with a win.
Porter Ridge 8, Hickory Ridge 6
Porter Ridge bounced back from its first conference loss of the season to defeat Hickory Ridge, 8-6, on the road Monday night. The Pirates (11-2, 10-1 SWC) led by four runs after four innings but needed a late rally to get past the Ragin’ Bulls.
After both teams traded runs over the first two innings, Porter Ridge opened things up in the third. After taking the lead on an RBI single by sophomore Ryan Schwartz, the Pirates scored three more runs on a walk, a sacrifice fly and a passed ball. Hickory Ridge scratched across one run in the bottom of the frame, but Porter Ridge still had a 5-2 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Hickory Ridge scored four runs and tied the game at 6-6 thanks to an RBI groundout, a two-run error and an RBI single. The Pirates answered back immediately in the top of the sixth, however, as senior Trace Snead hit a two-out single to drive in the go-ahead run. Porter Ridge scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
Currently tied atop the Southwestern 4A Conference standings with Myers Park, the Pirates can clinch a share of the regular season title with a win over Hickory Ridge on Thursday.
Odd and ends …
… Both Forest Hills and Central Academy have been eliminated from the Rocky River Conference tournament, which is taking place this week. The Yellow Jackets lost to Montgomery Central in the first round Monday, while CATA was blown out by West Stanly, 17-2, on Tuesday.
… Union Academy defeated Bradford Prep, 7-1, on Tuesday for the Cardinals’ seventh straight win after starting the season 0-5. The Cardinals close the regular season with another game against Bradford Prep on Friday.