RAVENSWOOD - Ravenswood head baseball coach Wes Swain may not be much of a gambler, but that doesn't mean his Red Devils aren't after their 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Oak Glen Monday.
"I saw my chance and I took it," sophomore first baseman Logan Jarrett said. "We needed something big to happen and I just decided it needed to come from me."
That 'chance' came with one out in the bottom of the seventh and the scored tied at 5 in one of the Region One semifinal games being played at Wright Field.
Jarrett, who had reached on an error and advanced to third on a single by Devon Crews, scored the game-winning run when Oak Glen pitcher Bub Haddox's first offering to Trey Hatcher skipped past his catcher.
"I saw the pitch hit the dirt and just took off," said Jarrett. "I'm just glad that I was able to make the play."
Jarrett's dash advances the Red Devils, now 26-8, to their first regional title game since 1999 at 6 p.m. on Wednesday where they will take on Fairmont Senior at Mary Lou Retton Park in Fairmont.
at Wright Field
Ravenswood 6, Oak Glen 5
Oak Glen 000 050 0 - 5 7 5
Ravenswood 201 011 1 - 6 5 1
OAK GLEN (14-13): Haddox (LP, 9K, 4W) and Reardon; Shuman S; Woodruff S, 2RBI; Haddox S; Swiger S, D; Campbell S, RBI; Feicht RBI; Porter D, RBI.
RAVENSWOOD (26-8): Brown (5K, 2W), Crow (WP, 5, 6K, 3W); Burgess S; Jones S, D; Crow 2S, 2RBI; Sturm RBI.
"These guys have battled all season," Swain said. "And, they battled tonight against a very tough, gritty team tonight."
It didn't appear as if the hosts would have to have any last-minute heroics at the start as junior pitcher Isaac Crow held the Golden Bears scoreless over the first four innings of action.
That didn't last, however.
Oak Glen, which finished its season at 14-13, batted around in the fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead. Pinch hitter Zach O'Brien got things rolling by working a leadoff walk and came home to score the visitors' first run when pinch hitter Zach Porter drilled a double to the fence in right field.
Porter and third baseman Alex Shuman, who reached on a single and then stole second, came home to knot the game at 3 on a single by senior Kyle Woodruff. The Golden Bears then took their first lead one out later when designated hitter Michael Campbell brought home Woodruff.
Oak Glen increased its lead to 5-3 on an RBI groundout by Noah Feicht.
Ravenswood jumped out to a 3-0 lead after four innings thanks to miscues by Oak Glen's defense and some timely hitting by Crow, who finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
Senior Jesse Brown took the mound in the fifth inning to gain the victory, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out five in three innings of work. Oak Glen's Haddox, one of the OVAC's Pitcher of the Year, was tagged with the loss despite striking out nine and allowing only two earned runs.
"Give Oak Glen credit," said Swain. "They came to play tonight."