Raiders grab fourth straight winApril 16, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
HUNTINGBURG - Southridge rolled out a freshman battery Friday Night at League Stadium against Evansville Christian. Hudson Allen took the mound, while the Raiders (6-2) put Blake Taylor behind the plate. Allen pushed through some early struggles to settle in, and his offense gave him lots of run support for the 16-1 run-rule as they won their fourth game in a row.
"It was Hudson's turn to be on the mound and we don't want (senior) Chase (Taylor, no relation) catching two nights in a row," Southridge coach Gene Mattingly said.
Allen fell behind early against Evansville Christian leadoff man Josiah Dunham. He threw three straight balls to his fellow freshman, and he would take first base on a walk. Dunham would eventually come around to on a wild pitch to give Evansville Christian its only lead of the game.
Mattingly would go out on the mound to talk to Allen during the top of the first, asking him to settle in and concentrate. Allen ended the top of the first on back-to-back strikeouts to begin a run of seven straight Eagles sent down. He went three innings in the game and got the win.
"He finally kind of made the adjustment to get the ball down," he said.
The Raiders responded to Evansville Christian's run by wasting no time in the bottom of the first when their first four batters reached base, with three runs resulting off of that. Allen singled in senior Colson Montgomery to tie the game.
Meanwhile, the Raiders took the lead for good, and also got insurance in the next at-bat when Chase brought in fellow senior Camden Gasser, and also Allen for a 3-1 lead, and they'd get one more in the first against Eagles junior Brandon Juarez, who took the loss. Southridge managed to score in every inning it went to bat on Friday, with the grand finale resulting in six runs in the bottom of the fourth.
The Raiders batted around in both the first and fourth innings on their way to run-ruling their opponent for a second straight night - having also run-ruled Princeton, 11-1, in the bottom of the sixth on Thursday at home.
Southridge began the season 2-2, but Mattingly feels the Raiders have had some quality at-bats during their four-game win streak.
"We don't track of keep averages, just never have - it's never been a big thing," Mattingly said. "So, we track quality at-bats, and we're (putting) some pretty good at-bats together, and it's starting to show. We're running the bases aggressively. We've got a lot of speed, we're going to use it and so, we're able to score some runs."
The Raiders will have some time to collect themselves after playing three games in a four-day span. Southridge is set to conclude its three-game homestand on Wednesday against Evansville Memorial, and Mattingly knows the Tigers are a good team.
"If we don't play well, we'll get beat," he said.
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