Red Devils hang on against Belton-Honea Path

Mar 07 Written by  MONTE DUTTON

Sherlock Holmes couldn't have figured out how Clinton managed to defeat Belton-Honea Path, 3-2, on Wednesday night.

Three Red Devil pitchers -- winner Dawson Green, Griffin Fuller and Caleb Riddle, who notched a save -- combined to give up 13 walks and a hit batter but only four hits. Seven different Bear batters walked; Tyliss Roper had three by himself. Two B-HP batters were thrown out at third and another at home.

Clinton (3-2) scored three times in the first inning and held on with the desperation of a man hanging with one arm from a cliff.

It was extraordinary.

"We're still working with our pitching staff," Clinton head coach Tom Fortman said. "We're dealing with injuries. Our top two starters weren't available tonight. We fought through. This team battled. You can't say enough about Caleb Riddle coming into the game in that spot and just throwing strikes.

"We made crucial defensive plays when we had to. You make the routine plays and you're going to win ballgames."

Belton-Honea Path (0-4), which has lost by a run in every game to date, left 13 men on base, including at least one in every inning. Riddle worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, getting Josh Davis to fly out to center field. The Bears scored both runs in that inning. The aptly named Ben Bear grounded softly and then-pitcher Fuller booted it but alertly threw out Talmadge LeCroy at third for the second out.

Riddle came on two batters later, pitched out of the jam and allowed only a hit in the top of the seventh.

"It was an odd game, but we're not preaching to these boys about stats. It's about the team, and they're buying into it," Fortman said.

The Red Devils' first three batters scored in the first inning. Left fielder Qua Quarles singled, shortstop Aaron Copeland walked and second baseman Taylor Bailey singled to load the bases. Riddle then belted a sacrifice fly to deep center that B-HP's Cameron Jester dropped, allowing Copeland and Bailey to follow Quarles across the plate.

Losing pitcher Luke Ivester performed admirably, allowing only four hits and one earned run. He walked two and struck out eight. Both teams collected four hits. The Red Devils left only two men on base in the game.

Clinton's Quarles and B-HP's Justin Wilson were the only players with two hits.

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