RAMSEY – It wasn’t the outcome any coach at the high school level wants to see, but Patoka’s 24-10 drubbing of Ramsey on Tuesday was still the first win for the Warriors.
And coach Joe Eddy said that’s the hardest win to come by, especially for a team that has struggled to get a lead this season.
“That was our first lead,” Eddy said. “You have to get that first one, no matter how it comes, and hope it snowballs into more.”
The Warriors banged out 11 hits and reached base 28 times in the first two innings in building a 23-1 lead.
The majority of the hits were singles, and Eddy said he hopes the contact will get the Warriors on a roll.
Five of the first six batters had singles in the first inning, as Patoka posted seven runs. Ramsey got one of them back in the bottom of the inning when freshman Tyler Knisley scored on a double by senior Andrew Cunningham.
Patoka, however, would send 21 batters to the plate in the second, posting 16 runs, and at one time, having 12 straight batters score.
In building that lead, Eddy got an opportunity to play all of his players, which include nine freshman and six sophomores.
The reserves created just one run, but Eddy saw some good swings and some players hungry for playing time.
“We’ve got a lot of ability down there,” he said. “We have a lot flexibility, which makes kids compete every day.”
Ramsey did not lie down and take the beating, though, scoring seven runs in the fourth inning off of Patoka starter Quinn Wadkins. Sophomore Ryan Black had the big hit with a three-run double, and several other Rams had hard-hit singles to drive in runs during the inning.
Wadkins, who was not projected to be in Patoka’s rotation before the season, pleased Eddy by pitching some innings when the team needed him to.
“Quinn gave us some innings, and he hasn’t pitched for us in his two years,” Eddy said. “The last time he pitched in a game was probably in pony league.”
Ramsey vs. Pana
Black scored Ramsey's only run during a 15-1 loss to Pana on Monday.
The overmatched Rams used four pitchers against the South Central Conference foe, with each recording at least one strikeout.