Ramey’s big bat powers Highlanders to 15-4 win
Paige Ramey pounded out five big hits and drove in five runs to spark MacArthur to a 15-4 victory over Eisenhower Tuesday to spoil Senior Night festivities for the Eagles at wind-swept Grandview Sports Complex.
Two different Ike pitchers tried to solve the hot-hitting Ramey, but she just kept stepping up and pounding the ball to the deepest part of the park, and while the wind was helping her shots, most of it came because of her great bat speed.
"She has been on a tear all season," Mac coach Dusty Ketner said. "It doesn't matter what the pitchers do, she's been able to hit most of them. The second pitcher (Taegan Gatlin) caused us some problems at first because of the change of speeds, but once we started waiting on her we got a few hits against her. We just did a pretty good job at the plate today."
Those big hitters made things easier on Mac pitcher Ariel Enzenauer who worked six innings, allowing six hits and fanning six.
Ike was in a 7-0 hole before getting on the board in the bottom of the third. Gatlin started the rally by working Enzenauer for a leadoff walk. Kayla Johnson then ripped a shot to the fence in right-center, scoring Gatlin and allowing Johnson to race all the way to third for a triple. She scored on a sacrifice fly.
One out later Ike's Raven Taylor, one of three seniors for the Eagles, ripped a triple of her own and then scored on an Amanda Gillian single. But that's where the rally ended.
But, the Eagles had made things interesting at 7-3 and when they set down Mac in order in the fourth, it gave the hosts hope. But April Chapman's club was unable to respond in the bottom of the fourth and that left the gates open for Mac to pad its lead.