ROSE RIDGE — Ridgeview got out to a strong lead as they were looking for their first district win this season. But the Warriors were just too much and took a 16-5 sixth inning victory after the game was called for rain and lightning.

“This game was a lot closer than 16-5, I’ll tell you that,” Central head coach J.W. Salyers said. “Their pitcher (starter Mckenzie Sproles) threw a heck of a game and we struggled offensively.”

The Warriors were able to put up a quick three runs in the top of the first innings, but the Wolfpack mounted a come back. After starting pitcher Preston Joyner gave up four runs and three walks in the first inning, Salyers would call senior Bryson Collins to take over on the mound.

“We struggled with throwing strikes. Bryson Colllins did a great job coming in and putting the fire out. I’m proud of my kids,” Salyers said.

Ridgeview would get runs from Gabe Counts, Carson Sykes, Tyler O’Quin, Mason Jones and Hunter Neece.

Pitcher Sproles started off strong, striking out five, but ultimately allowed five hits and seven walks in five innings pitched. Relief pitchers Jesse Deel and Lukas Deel finished the game with six more walks and 10 more runs allowed.

“We got a heck of a start,” Ridgeview head coach Brad Counts said. “That was a great pitching performance by Mckenzie (Sproles). We had the lead and just couldn’t hold on to it. In this district, you have to have more than one or two quality pitchers. Once he ran out of pitches, we just couldn’t get it done.”

Collins got it done behind the plate as well going 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. He was intentionally walked twice. Daniel Lawson was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Logan Sartin went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.

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