The Upper Deck 14U Ravens took on Abilene Bandits on Wednesday at home at North Park and came away with a split, losing game one 7-5 before rebounding with a big 12-1 win in game two.

The split move their season record to 28-15-2.

The Ravens grabbed an early 2-1 lead after the first inning but Abilene tied things up with a run in the top of the third.

After two scoreless innings, Abilene jumped ahead with two runs in the top of the sixth. The Bandits added three more runs in the top of the seventh to pus their lead to five and despite three runs scored of their own in the bottom of the seventh, the Ravens could not catch the rest of the way up.

Landyn Ziegenhirt got the start and went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs (none earned) on five walks with eight strikeouts.

Cael Smith went the final inning and two-thirds, allowing five runs (none earned) on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

The Ravens committed eight errors in the field.

Ziegenhirt led the way for the Ravens with three hits followed by two each for Hunter Valdemar and Keiondrea Wilcox.

Abilene grabbed another lead after scoring the first run in game two but from there it was all Ravens.

They grabbed the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first, another run in the bottom of the second before exploding for four runs in the bottom of the third and five more in the bottom of the fourth to wrap up the game.

Naythan Hall pitched all four innings, allowing an run (unearned) on six hits with three strikeouts.

Dallas Henton led the Ravens with two hits but all but two of the Ravens managed to record at least one hit in the game. Ziegenhirt and Scotty Cary reached base twice on walks.

Smith led the team in steals with four followed by three each for Cary and Henton and two for Ziegenhirt and Talon Landreville.

The Ravens will now shift their focus on preparing for the Babe Ruth League Midwest Regional from July 29th to Aug. 2 in Garden City .

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.