The Ashley Ridge baseball team won a tight game with Fort Dorchester Friday.
The Swamp Foxes only managed one more hit than the Patriots, but capitalized on a couple of Fort errors en route to a 3-1 win.
Carson Walls (4-0) went the distance on the hill to pick up the win. He struck out seven batters while surrendering only two walks and hitting one batter. Ryan Thomas only walked three in suffering the loss.
“It’s always a battle when we play these guys,” Ashley Ridge coach BJ Bellush said. “They have a good team and a well-coached team. Our guys showed a lot of guts tonight. Carson struggled early on but was stronger at the end of the game. My hat’s off to him and to their guy who pitched well and kept us off balance. Luckily we managed to get enough hits to get those three runs.”
Ashley Ridge (9-1, 2-0 in Region 8-AAAA) managed 6 hits while Fort Dorchester (6-3, 0-2) managed 5.
Aaron Miller led the Ashley Ridge batters, going 2 for 3 at the plate with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Both he and Jason Miller reached base three times.
Eurndraus Bryant was 2 for 3 for Fort Dorchester with a double and a run scored. Shortstop Corey Rawlings also reached base twice for the Pats.
Ashley Ridge got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Aaron Miller doubled and then scored on a single by Rusty Grayson. Jason Miller followed with a double, but the Patriots escaped the inning without any further damage.
Fort Dorchester answered in the second as Bryant singled to lead off the inning, moved around on a walk by Malik Grant and a sacrifice bunt by Thomas and scored when Josh Murray put the ball in play.
The next run wasn’t scored until the bottom of the fifth. Josh Litchfield reached on an error, stole second and scored on a single by Aaron Miller.
The Swamp Foxes added a run in the sixth after Josh Church reached on a fielding error and advanced on a throwing error. Wesley Aschenbrenner then singled to drive him in.
“We are happy to be 2-0 in the region but we have a big week coming up with games against Beaufort, Summerville and Colleton,” Bellush said. “We are piecing things together and guys are throwing strikes. That is the key for us right now, we are spotting up and not walking that many and playing really good defense. Last year that was a problem for us but we have been really sound on defense this year.”
Church is also undefeated on the hill with three wins. Bellush says Jason Miller and Cole Ayers have also put in some quality innings on the mound this season.
Ashley Ridge travels to Summerville Wednesday and to Colleton County Friday. Fort Dorchester travels to Bluffton Wednesday and to Summerville Friday.