South Ridge outslugged Nevis for an 18-16 win in eight innings in a battle of two of the top Class A baseball teams in the state on Tuesday, May 18.
Aaron Bennett’s solo home run on the first pitch of the game and two errors gave South Ridge a 2-0 lead in the first inning before Dan Aman drove in Tyler Lindow in the bottom of that inning to make it 2-1.
Four hits, seven walks and two errors led to five runs in the second and five runs in the third as South Ridge extended the lead to 12-1. In the bottom of the third, Cain Mitchell scored on an error and Aman drove in Derek Lindow to make it 12-3.
Nevis closed the gap to 13-11 in the fifth behind five hits, three walks and an error and forced extra innings by scoring twice in the sixth and once in the seventh when Dawson McGee walked and scored on a wild pitch.
Three hits, three walks and an error gave South Ridge an 18-14 lead in the eighth before Nevis concluded the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of that inning.
Aman went 5 for 5 with three RBI and Eli Klimek drove in two runs to lead the Tigers, who had nine hits in the game. Four Nevis pitchers combined to allow 12 hits with Ward Davis pitching 3 ⅓ innings of middle relief to give the Tigers a chance.
Nevis, which was rated No. 7 in the latest state Class A poll, fell to 13-2. South Ridge, which was rated No. 6 in the state poll, improved to 13-3.
“South Ridge is a very good team who we are glad we got a chance to play,” said Nevis head coach Larry Franck. “They can hit the ball with extreme power. Our guys needed to make plays. We got behind quickly due to four errors in the first three innings. We didn't quit and we fought to the end.”