Ransom Everglades Downs Palmer Trinity In 4A-8
When the Ransom Everglades Raiders lost their final game of the regular season to the Palmer Trinity Falcons by a score of 16-3 last week, it did not bode well for their playoff chances. They drew the Falcons again in the first round of the 4A-8 tournament on Monday afternoon, but this time they flipped the script and ran away with a 12-6 win to advance to the district semifinals.
Each team’s leadoff batter scored in the first inning to start things off with a 1-1 tie. But Palmer Trinity’s Blake Miller pushed the Falcons out ahead with a three-run home run over the left-center field fence in the top of the third.
Rick Suarez, who led the Raiders with a 3-for-3 night at the plate, helped his team get back into it in the following half inning. Suarez opened the frame with a base hit and later scored, while Ilan Lindenfeld also singled and scored on a sacrifice fly, cutting the deficit to 4-3.
The Raiders took their first lead with a two-run fourth. Suarez added a sacrifice fly to his perfect night and Ryan Moralejo scored Lindenfeld with a double.
The Falcons fought back once again and jumped back on top with two runs in the top of the fifth. But the bottom half, and ultimately the game, belonged to the Raiders, who combined three free passes with four base hits to score seven runs and open up a commanding 12-6 lead that held up through a scoreless sixth and seventh inning. Among those four base hits where RBIs by Suarez and Matthew Jackson. Steven Vinson added an RBI groundout.