Bulldogs Finish Regular Season with Playoff Home Advantage

By Christy Suggs

RRHS Baseball team had an extremely busy season, playing a total of 29 games. The Dawgs ended the regular season with a 17-12 record. The winning season and power rankings put them in round 1 of playoffs with a home-field advantage. Friday, the Bulldogs will take on #20 Pine High School in Round 1 of the Playoffs. This will be a doubleheader at Red River with games starting at 3:30 and 6:00.

Some highlights from the second half of the season include:

Shutouts against Calvin (4-0), Saline(8-0), Simsboro (21-0), Union (7-0), Mansfield (17-0), Lakeview (8-0), North Webster (10-0) with 2 of those (Mansfield and Lakeview) being district games.

Held 4A Natchitoches Central to 3 runs.

Beat Delhi Charter 9-2 by tallying 5 runs in the 6th inning.

Beat Doyline  3-2 when Chris Carper singled on the first pitch at bat in the bottom of the 9th, scoring one run to break the tie.

Kenneth Lazarus threw a no-hitter against Jonesboro-Hodge to win the district game 23-1.

Ranked 13th in the Power Ratings in Division III.

Two heartbreaking losses came at the end of the season during district play. RR traveled to Many to play.  The Dawgs scored first with 4 runs in the 3rd and held Many to 0 for 4 innings. In the 5th many came back to tie. Not going down without a fight, RR scored again in the 6th and held Many to 0 making the score 5-4.  In the 7th the Dawgs were unable to connect bats and runs, but Many found the heat and scored 2 on a home run making the final score 5-6.  Up next was district rival Winnfield. This was a fast-paced 3 up, 3 down game. Both teams scored in the first inning and held the 1-1 tie till the bottom of the 6th when RR was able to score a run.  Unfortunately, a few errors in the 7th allowed Winnfield to get 2 runs and make the score 2-3. The Dawgs were unable to gain any ground in the bottom of the 7th. RR finished the district games with a record of 3-2.

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