Bulldog Baseball Week 4, 10-4 for the Season

By Christy Suggs

The Week of March 14-19 was a jam packed week of Baseball. It started out with 2 5A school matches and ended with the Earl Martin Invitational Tournament.   The Dawgs held strong and came up 4-2 for the week, bringing the season record up to 10-4.  Coach Chris Reed said, “We have 10 wins, but we are still searching for that signature win to really get us moving forward.”

Highlights from the games provided by Coach Reed:

3/15 Huntington Double Header  Game 1 9-0 Win over Huntington. John Dickey took the mound and didn’t allow a single run against Huntington, throwing a complete game shutout and leading Red River to a 9-0 victory on Tuesday. The Varsity secured the win thanks to 5 runs in the fourth inning. The rally was led by singles from Tyler Hughes and Pierce Kellogg, a triple by Chris Carper and Ryder Hogan and a double by Eli Harper.  The offensive firepower sent runners across the plate with RBIs in the fourth Inning. Dickey was credited with the victory for RR. The ace lasted five innings, allowing 2 hits and 0 runs while striking out 9 and walking only 1. The Bulldogs racked up 9 hits. Kellogg and Kenneth Lazarus both managed multiple hits. Kellogg went 3 for 3 at the plate and led the Bulldogs in hits.

Game 2 10-0 Win over Huntington Ryder Hogan Collected his 3rd win of the season. Tyler Hughes got the save.

3/16 RR Lost to Byrd 9-0 The loss of the lead early in the game caused the defeat. The RR Bulldogs fell behind early and couldn’t come back against Byrd.   Byrd scored on a walk, 2 sacrifice flies and a single in the first inning. The Dawgs struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Byrd, giving up nine runs. A single by Eli Harper in the seventh was a positive for the Dawgs. Senior Keegan King started as pitcher. He allowed 2 hits and 4 runs over one-third of an inning. King left the game due to an arm injury.  Ryder Hogan, Ethan Wiliamson, and Pierce Kellogg each contributed in relief for RR. Harper went 1-for-3 at the plate leading the in hits.

3/17 3-2 Loss to North Caddo    Thursday night was opening games for the Early Martin Invitational Tournament.  It was a close game. Both teams were strong on the hill, but North Caddo was just a little bit stronger at the plate.  Tyler Hughes started the game and recorded 21 outs.  RR opened the scoring in the first inning on an error. North Caddo knotted the game up at one in the top of the third inning, when Brady Wilson grounded out, scoring one run. North Caddo pulled away for good with one run in the fourth.  Hughes lasted seven innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs while striking out 7.  Pierce Kellogg, Hughes and Eli Harper each managed one hit to the varsity team.  RR Bulldogs stole 10 bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Harper led the way with three.

3/18 22-1 Win over Ringgold High School. Friday night and game 2 of the tournament saw Ethan Williamson score his first career high school win. He is 1-0 on the season. Ringgold could never get anything going. RR dominated the game.

3/19 Saturday afternoon was the local rivalry game of RR vs. Castor Tigers. Pierce Kellogg had all the right stuff as he faced the Tigers.  He allowed 0 runs and beat Castor by a score of 18-0. Chris Carper led the Bulldogs to victory by driving in 4 runs. Carper went 3-for-3 at the plate, driving in runs on a single in the first, a triple in the second, and a triple in the fourth. RR started things off with a run scored on an error in the first inning. They scored 12 runs in the fourth inning.  Big bats were led by Eli Harper, Carper, Ryder Hogan, Terrell Gary, Tyler Hughes and Kellogg.  The Bulldogs were led on the mound by Pierce  Kellogg. He allowed only 2 hits and had 0 runs over 5 innings, striking out 7 and walking 1.  The Bulldogs collected 12 hits. Carper, Hughes, and Kellogg each managed multiple hits. Carper led with 3 hits.  Bulldogs tore up the base paths, as 2 players stole at least 2 bases each, with freshmen Jacob Kellogg leading the way with 2.  The Bulldogs were sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Carper made the most plays with seven.

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