STORY BY CHIP CIRILLO | PHOTOS BY CARL EDMONDSON, JR.
Ravenwood kept its season alive with a big day at the plate.
And Summit walked away wondering what happened to its regular-season momentum.
The fifth-seeded Raptors beat No. 1 Summit 13-8 in an elimination game on Tuesday in Spring Hill.
“These seniors aren’t ready for it to be over,” Raptors coach Danny Borne said.
Ravenwood (18-12) faces archrival Brentwood in the losers bracket final at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Raptors led 3-2 after three innings before adding two in the fourth, six in the fifth and three in the sixth for a 10-run lead.
But Summit (21-11) rallied with four in the sixth and one in the seventh.
“There’s no lead that’s too safe in this league,” Borne said. “I knew they were going to make a run. There’s a reason they were the one seed.”
Raptors cleanup hitter Nic Raum went 3 for 5 and scored two runs.
“Their pitchers couldn’t throw strikes and we just took advantage of it,” Raum said.
Summit’s relievers walked nine and hit one batter.
“We had a good game going there for a while back and forth, and we kind of let it get away from us,” Spartans coach Chad Kirby said.
Vanderbilt signee Chris McElvain hit a solo homer for Summit in the seventh.
Summit visits the District 12-AAA winner in a Region 6-AAA semifinal Monday.