Thursday, May 18, 2017 - Updated: 12:59 PMPress Release
This spring wasn’t particularly kind to Joppa’s baseball and softball teams. Rainouts, cancellations and more rainouts curtailed a lot of Joppa’s season and the frustrations came to a finale this week with the boys and girls both dropping their first game in regional competition.
The Rangers went to Thompsonville and ran smack into Reed Raubach who threw a one hit shutout at them.
The Tigers and the Rangers were scoreless going into the fourth inning as Raubach and Kaleb Cox were hooked up in a pitching duel, but the last two innings were deadly for Joppa as Thompsonville scratched out a run in the fourth off Cox and then pushed nine big runs across in the fifth off Braxton Lewis and Jase Hutchason. Raubach also drove in three runs with a double in the fifth.
Thompsonville had the unenviable task Tuesday of taking on Crab Orchard, and they dropped a 12-2 decision ending their season as well.
The Lady Rangers hosted the Lady Bobcats from Meridian Monday evening, and the visitors from Mounds came away with a 24-18 win in a two and a half hour scoring fest.
Some occasional hard hit balls, a boatload of walks and a fair sprinkling of errors contributed to the football score.
Emma Arrison had a big bases loaded double early. Hailey Kendall hit some balls hard, and Cassidy Lance ripped a ball down into the left field corner and legged out a three run inside the park homer.
But a big last inning for Meridian spelled the end for the Lady Rangers.
Meridian faced Hardin County Tuesday, and their season came to a crashing halt also as they went down 21-0 at the Pope County regional.