MOUNTAIN HOME — Some games simply come down to scoring more runs, others can be the result of a costly error.
The Ramsey Motor Wranglers experienced both scenarios on Friday evening at Cooper Park during a doubleheader against McCloud.
McCloud won the first game on a walk-off fielding error to claim a 2-1 win. The second game ended with the Wranglers holding a 12-7 advantage.
McCloud 2, Ramsey Motor 1
It all came down to the final play as McCloud closed the first game with a 2-1 win at Cooper Park.
The Wranglers held a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning.
McCloud put the first two runners on base with a pair of singles. With no outs, the next batter laid down a bunt that was fielded by the pitcher. The throw went sailing over the first baseman.
Meanwhile, both runners were able to round the bases and add two runs to the scoreboard resulting in a win for the home team.
The lone run for the Wranglers came from Trayson Hicks who singled into left field to begin the ballgame. Bailey Saunier then hit a shot into right field for a double to send Hicks home for the score.
“The plan going into Friday’s game was to get all of our pitchers some work,” Wrangler head coach Steve Williams commented. “They were very efficient in the first game by throwing strikes and keeping their pitch count low.”
Wrangler pitching had only allowed two hits entering the final frame.
The seventh inning featured two hits and a bunt that resulted in the end of the ballgame.
“We made one error the whole game and it cost us the game,” Williams exclaimed.
Cameron Miller recorded two hits in the Wrangler loss. Hicks, Saunier and Bryce Bonds each registered a hit.
Ramsey Motor 12, McCloud 7
The second game had a lot more scoring as the Wranglers finished the day with a 12-7 win over McCloud.
Ramsey Motor got on the board first when Saunier and Hicks were both walked and then worked their way around the bases by taking advantages of wild pitches and fielding errors.
The 2-0 lead grew in the second inning.
Glen Nelle was walked to open the inning. Saunier hit a double into left field followed by a double by Hicks that flew into right field.
After Nelle and Saunier scored, Hicks stole third and later scored on a passed ball to put the Wranglers ahead, 5-0. Trey Curbow and Garrett Underdown were both walked before Ty Phillips hit a single into right-center field.
Curbow, Underdown and Phillips all rounded the bases to give the Wranglers an 8-0 edge.
With two outs, Ramsey Motor continued to send runners to first with base on balls.
C.J. Waters, Nelle and Tyler Hutcheson were all walked to load the bases. Saunier then connected with a pitch for a single into right field that scored Waters and Nelle.
The Wranglers entered the bottom of the second inning with a 10-0 lead.
McCloud managed to get one runner on base but that runner was left stranded to end the inning.
The top of the third inning was less productive for the Wranglers but they still added a run. With two outs, Phillips reached first on a single to left-center field. Bonds followed with a single down the right-field line and Phillips scored the eleventh run of the game for the Wranglers.
Ramsey Motor wasn’t able to apply the run-rule in the third inning as McCloud scored three runs in the bottom of the third.
The Wranglers were unable to add runs in the fourth and McCloud sent two runners around the bases to close the fourth inning trailing, 11-5.
Underdown scored the final Wrangler run of the day after a single to left field followed by a stolen base before Bonds crushed a triple into right-center field. Underdown’s score put Ramsey Motor in a good spot with a 12-5 lead entering the bottom of the final inning.
McCloud scored two runs in the fifth but couldn’t close the margin as the Wranglers split the doubleheader with a 12-7 victory.
“I was very pleased that we put the first game behind us and came out in the second game swinging bats and scoring runs,” Williams commented. “We had a chance to run-rule them, but the strike zone got a little tight and the game got a little closer.”
Saunier, Hicks, Underdown, Phillips and Nelle scored two runs each for Ramsey Motor. Curbow and Waters scored one run each.
Saunier had two doubles and a single in the win for the Wranglers. Bonds had a triple and a single. Hicks hit a double, Phillips had two singles and Underdown hit a single.
Ramsey Motor will play in the Springfield Holiday Tournament beginning on Thursday.