Southeast Whitfield’s offense erupted Saturday against Gordon Central for the biggest scoring output of any local team this season and won 29-5 via mercy rule in five innings at Murray County’s field.
That game followed the Raiders’ 13-6 win against the Indians.
Against Gordon Central, Southeast (5-1) scored eight runs in the first inning, three in the second, four in the third, one in the fourth and 13 in the fifth. At the front of this dynamic hitting barrage was Rhett Harper, who finished 6-for-6 with four doubles, a three-run home run and seven RBIs.
Colter Faith went 3-for-5 with two doubles, one single and three RBIs. Daniel Chavarria was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Blake Foster went 4-for-5 with two two-RBI doubles. Abram Stanley was 2-for-5 with a double and four RBIs.
Noah Ramsey was 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Hunter Young was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Chase Jenkins was 2-for-4 with an RBIs. Ty Pendley was 4-for-5 with two RBIs.
Oscar Hernandez went 1-for-1 with an RBI single. Jose Franco was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
“They didn’t really kick it around a whole lot,” Southeast coach Brad Lofton said. “We just hit the baseball. Everyone in the starting lineup had a hit.”
The Raiders tallied 31 hits.
“When you get that many hits, I hate scoring that many runs on a team, but you have no other option except to keep hitting it,” Lofton said. “I want us to keep hitting the baseball and keep playing good defensively. We’ve cut down on the amount of mistakes we’ve made in the past.”
Jenkins pitched four innings, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out five. He allowed four runs, three earned. Foster pitched one inning, striking out two.
• Southeast 13, Murray County 6: In another strong hitting performance for the Raiders, Stanley finished 2-for-3 with two RBI singles and Chavarria went 3-for-3.
Jenkins finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and Ramsey went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Keaton McCutchen went 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Pendley finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Pendley started for the Raiders and lasted three innings, allowing three hits and three walks and one run while striking out five.
Stanley pitched four innings, allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out four. He allowed five runs, four earned.
Jagger Childers pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs for the Indians (0-3). Wyatt Stuckey pitched the final 4 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs. Noah Price had an RBI for Murray County, which left eight runners in scoring position.
“Murray County is improved from last season,” Lofton said. “They’re a lot better.”
• Ringgold 12, Dalton 2: Grant Sane went 2-for-2 and Jase Chastain finished 1-for-2 with an RBI for the Catamounts (4-3). Cole Shelton also went 1-for-2. Sam Stepp was the losing pitcher, lasting 3 1/3 innings and allowing nine hits and three walks with three earned runs.
Dalton took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but Ringgold countered with three in its first at-bat.