By CHIP CIRILLO
Ravenwood got solid outings from Brian Garcia, Chase Piotrowski, Ben Callahan and Zane Denton.
It added up to a 9-2 win at Grace Christian Academy on Friday night.
“That was No. 2-5 in our rotation,” Raptors coach Danny Borne said. “It was one of those bye weeks to where we were able to staff it and get some guys in the game.”
Garcia, Piotrowski and Denton combined to hold the Lions (6-12-1) to four hits and two runs.
Ravenwood (10-9) built a 6-1 lead after five innings with three runs in the second and thee more in the fifth.
Denton, an Alabama signee and a major league draft prospect, hit his seventh homer of the season with a towering two-run shot just inside the right-field foul line in the seventh.
“It’s good when you’re struggling on one side of the plate to come back on the other side and pick yourself up, so that definitely adds some confidence,” said Denton, a switch hitter who struck out twice from the right side of the plate in his first two at-bats.
The natural righty belted his home run from the left side on a 3-2 fastball.
His older brother, Bryce, plays in the minor leagues of the St. Louis organization.
“There’s been a lot of scouts at all of (Zane’s) games this spring and he’s got a chance,” Borne said. “I think he’s going to have a decision to be made once the draft comes if he’s going to go to Alabama or start his professional career. Either way, it’s a good choice.”
Catcher Blake Barton had both of the Lions’ RBI.
“They’ve got some good arms, but we made a couple of errors,” GCA coach Brad Myers said. “We missed two fly balls and we were going to stay in the game a little longer. We’ve got some growing up to do.
“I would say we have struggled fighting and competing some this year, and that is atypical of teams that I’ve coached in the past. And so it will not continue and we are on the right path now.”
Myers got his message across with some wind sprints in the outfield for the Lions after the loss.
Former Raptor shining: East Tennessee State ace Micah Kaczor, a former Ravenwood standout, is 4-0 with a 2.24 earned run average.
“He’s a great dugout guy when he’s not playing, but when he gets between the white lines he’s just a relentless competitor and just attacks,” Borne said. “He just refuses to lose.
“He had a good freshman year at Western Kentucky, he went to junior college for a year or two and had a really good year and now he’s been the Friday-night starter at ETSU.”