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Dressed in lime green jerseys last Friday evening, the Red Devil Baseball team held its annual Tiffany Poupard Memorial game.
Lime green was Poupard’s favorite color, so to honor the Red Devil baseball supporter who was killed in an automobile accident in 2009, the team once again paid their respects.
Poupard’s daughter Madelynn, threw out the first pitch in the brief ceremony before the game.
The game, against the Santa Fe Raiders, was for a tie and top seed in the district with a win out for the Red Devils.
The Raiders wasted little time as the Red Devils got off to a shaky start giving up three runs to the Raiders in the top of the first inning and two more runs in the second inning off two throwing errors as the Raiders took a 5-0 lead.
Big Christian Morris got the Red Devil fans into the game as he led off the bottom of the second inning with a blast over the right field fence for a home run.
In the bottom of the third inning DJ King walked and Coven Terrell laid down a perfect bunt as both runners were safe. Both King and Terrell advanced to second and third base on a wild pitch, Connor Clayton scored King on a line drive single to make the score 5-2.
With Yerrell on third and Clayton on second following his steal, the Raider pitcher Steven Tapiawano went to work and struck out the next three Red Devil batters.
Neither team scored in the fourth inning. The Raiders picked up another two runs in the fifth inning after a dropped fly ball and two back to back base hits gave the Raiders a 7-2 lead following five complete innings.
The Raiders added another run in the top of the sixth inning and left the bases loaded ending the inning with a 8-2 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth inning the Red Devils Justin Forsythe led off with a double, followed by a Morris walk. Bradley Jones ripped a single to load the bases. The Red Devils scored 1 run on a deep fly sacrifice and another run on a wild pitch closing the gap to 8-4. In the bottom of the seventh and final inning, with two outs and two men on base, Morris picked up 2 RBI’s with a crushing line drive single to left center field plating the two base runners to pull the Red Devils to an 8-6 game. The third out came and the Raiders took the win 8-6.
Christian Morris rounds third and heads to home plate.