Ringgold baseball was back at home on Wednesday, hosting rival Belle Vernon in a pivotal Section 3-4A contest at Ken Griffey Sr. Field.
Belle Vernon would bring pressure from the opening at-bat. The Leopards would take advantage of a walk and an error to load the bases with no out in the top of the first. Ringgold was able to get out of the jam and hold Belle Vernon scoreless in the frame.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Rams came out aggressive at the plate and the approach paid off. Ringgold was able to score three runs on the first nine pitches of the game thanks to a double by Bobby Boyer and a 2-run single from Nick Kolano. Sam Daerr would also record an RBI on a sacrifice fly to center field.
The run support was Chase Angotti would need on the mound and the Rams’ ace looked solid the rest of the way. Angotti would finish the sixth inning after reaching the 100-pitch limit. He ended the day allowing only four hits and one run, while striking out six.
Nate Pajak would enter the game in relief looking for the three-out save. Things would get interesting with Belle Vernon scoring two runs to trim the deficit to one before Ringgold center fielder, Dylan Wujcik, came up with a great diving catch to end the game.
Offensively, Travis Drusbasky and Nick Kolano each had a pair of hits to lead the Rams.
With the win, Ringgold moves to 4-3 (3-1) on the year and will face off against South Park on Friday.