Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 16, 2013

19-3A Baseball: Crews, Ballew net 3 hits each; Rusk plants Fairfield in 6; Raiborn fans 8 for league leaders

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

RUSK — The Eagles of Rusk used an offensive onslaught to rip Fairfield's Eagles 11-1 on Friday night at Eagle Park in Rusk.

Rusk exited the gates on fire and led 8-0 after two innings.

The game was called with Rusk batting in the sixth inning due to the 10-run rule.

Michael Crews and Austin Ballew each had three hits to lead Rusk at the plate.

Crews and Drew Walley had doubles in the game, while Crews and Houston Munsinger drove in three runs apiece.

Crew, the teams shortstop, also stole a pair of bases.

Josh Raiborn, proved once again why he is the Rusk ace on the hump.

Raiborn fired a fire hitter at Fairfield and fanned eight.

He needed just 73 pitches to get the job done (56 of those pitches registered as strikes).

Rusk(12-12, 7-2 19-3A) is in first place in the loop standings and is a half game in front of Groesbeck.

Fairfield slipped to 11-12, 3-6 following the loss and is in fourth place in the league standings.

Rusk will be in Palestine to take on the Wildcats, the third-place team in the district, at 7 p.m. tonight.

The Red and Black, who have now won five of their last six games, have already logged two wins (7-4, 11-1) over the Wildcats this season.