Stranded Baserunners Key in RHS Baseball Elimination Loss
The Richland High School baseball team left nine baserunners stranded in a 10-5 loss to Cornersville Tuesday, falling just one win shy of the district championship and a trip to regions.
The Raiders (20-10-1, 11-3) were one of only two county high school teams to reach the 20-win mark this spring along with Giles County softball and finished second place behind Columbia Academy in the District 11-A regular season standings. RHS met a revitalized Cornersville team in Tuesday’s elimination game with ace Graham Duke on the mound, who had been unable to pitch much of the season due to injury.
Cornersville scored first with two runs in the third, while Richland answered with three-straight hits in the bottom of the inning to take the team’s first lead at 3-2. The Bulldogs added three runs each in the fourth and fifth before capping the team’s scoring with two in the sixth.
The Raiders trailed 10-3 in the final inning in which the team scored two runs and then loaded the bases looking for more. However, a fielder’s choice ended the threat and sent Cornersville to the district championship.
Skylar Tarpley started the game on the mound for RHS and pitched the first 6.2 innings before senior Nick Baron came in for the final out. Tarpley finished 2-for-4 at the plate with a team-high two runs. Whitt Gibson finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run. Hunter Inman reached base three times and scored once, and Will Teagarden provided the team’s other run.
Richland placed three players on the all-district team including Gibson, Caleb Briggs and Stephen Pelfrey. Tarpley and Baron were both named all-tournament.
The Raiders say goodbye to a key senior class of Gibson, Baron, Briggs, Ty Rose, Ty Landers, Dakota Bassham and Nick Gareri that included five everyday starters on this year’s team.