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March 13, 2014

Raiborn whiffs 14 Wildcats; Rusk rolls, 5-0

RUSK —

Several adjectives are fitting in describing Rusk's Josh Raiborn.

Words like ace (as in Eagle pitching ace), lefty (Raiborn is a southpaw), or, better yet winner are all excellent choices.

Tuesday night, on a near-perfect early-Spring evening at Eagle Park, Raiborn rang up 14 Palestine hitters as the Eagles shutout the Wildcats, 5-0.

The win kept the Red and Black (7-9, 2-0 19-3A) in the driver's seat in the loop standings.

Meanwhile, Palestine slipped to 9-8, 0-1 with the loss.

After throwing a no-hitter in his last outing late last week, Raiborn permitted four hits against Palestine, who saw its losing streak extend to three games after the defeat. All of the safeties were singles, and only Wildcat made it as far as third base in the game.

Raiborn mixed his pitches well and only walked one hitter.

All of the final-frame Palestine outs were recorded via the strike out, as Raiborn, a tall and somewhat lanky lefthander, seemed to finish with plenty of fuel in his tank.

Turns out Rusk's winning run came in the first inning.

That's when Parker Clark hit a solid single to right field which drove in Vijay Stingley from third base.

Stingley, the Eagle lead-off batter, drew a four-pitch walk off of Palestine's Colton Grey and then went on to steal second and third to set the table for Clark, who had a 3 for 3 night at the dish.

The Eagles ended up adding a pair of insurance runs in the fifth and sixth segments, to seal the deal in fine fashion.

Blake Walley scored from third after reaching base via an infield single while Stingley scored on a ground out to short by Jadarian Skinner.

Stingley reached on an infield error by the Wildcats.

Jordan Roach led off the sixth with a single into centerfield and he was brought home on a single by Austin Ballew. Ballew went 2 for 3 in the game.

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