Santo pitcher Evan Ramsey had a “wild” game Tuesday as the No. 10 Wildcats rallied to beat Rio Vista 6-4.
Ramsey overcame a shaky first inning where he gave up two doubles, a single and a walk that spotted the Eagles a 3-0 lead. The senior got support to close down Rio Vista’s offense with catcher Jett Bryan stopping a steal of home and shortstop Brayden Benson tagging a runner trying to steal second base.
Ramsey started to make up for any pitching miscues with a triple in the bottom of the first inning scoring Grant Nemeth and Benson, who reached via a walk and hit by a pitch for a 3-2 score.
Santo tied the game at 3-3 in the next inning as Andrew Sanders hit a hard ground ball to right field and scored Colby Baker, who reached on a walk.
As Ramsey began to settle down, his strikeout total began to rise, and he would mow down seven Eagles. His third-inning ground-ball out gave Santo the lead when Bryan scored after reaching first on a single.
Santo added to the run totals in the bottom of the fifth inning as Nemeth singled and was driven home on a single-base stroke from Benson. Ramsey’s double scored Benson to put the Wildcats on top 6-3.
Ramsey sat down batters 1-2-3 in the fourth and fifth innings before giving up a walk and a double. hat led to Case Proctor closing out the game
Proctor sent three Eagles back to the dugout with K’s next to their name, and Santo fresh off a break into the state’s top 10 rankings improved to 4-0 on the year.
Ramsey and Nemeth led the way at the plate with two hits each. Benson, Bryan, Baker, and Sanders had one poke each.