NORTON — The J.I. Burton Raiders fell behind early in their game against the Rye Cove Eagles Friday night, but used two big innings to comeback from a 12-3 deficit to post a 22-12 win.
“I’m proud of the way we fought back from the 12-3 deficit,” Raider coach Jacob Caudill stated. “We showed a lot of heart and we did not give up.”
The Eagles and Raiders (1-1, 3-5) battled evenly through the first three innings to a 3-3 tie. The Eagles exploded for eight runs in the top of the fourth behind the second home run of the game by Hunter Shupe.
Both teams used multiple pitchers in the game. Aki Godsey started the game for the Raiders. Jonah Cochrane finished the game over the last two innings and shut down the Eagle offense to pickup the victory.
The Raiders scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at 12-12. Both teams committed six errors in the game. There were just too many walks and errors by the Eagles in the final two innings, which allowed the Raiders to score 10 runs in the sixth to win the game under the 10-run rule. Caleb McCurdy’s hit to center in the bottom of the sixth drove in the final two runs for the winning margin.
Tyler Spriggs led the Raiders with two hits and four RBIs. Cochrane had three hits and picked up the win on the mound. Tyler Branham also had three RBIs for the Raiders. The Raiders pounded out 11 hits in the game.