Ian Dempsey ‘21
Coming off a 4-2 loss to Inspiration Academy at home Monday night, the Rams are hoping to end their season on a high note against the Sailors.
We must flash back all the way to the second game of the regular season for the last time these two squads matched up against each other. Riverview walked off Sarasota in the last inning, courtesy of a double by senior catcher Cole Griffith that gave the Rams a 6-5 victory.
Yet, the latest trend shows the Rams have not been very successful on the road versus the Sailors as their dominance at home has propelled them to numerous victories. To be exact, six years have passed by since the last time Riverview has beaten Sarasota at the Sailors field. With this being said, Riverview wants to change that trend and do something it has not done in such a long time... sweep the regular season against Sarasota.
Last year’s defeat at Sarasota simply added more fuel to the fire as the second game of the shortened 2020 season had an external force controlling the results on the field. This external force was the wind on a low 40-degree night with gusts of wind up to 30 mph. One could say that throwing or hitting a baseball was not so easy. When you can barely feel your fingers or your face is frozen, this shows how cold it truly was. Being Floridians may make this seem biased, but a couple ticks lower and it could have snowed. The Rams ended up losing by a score of 6-2 to the Sailors. It may seem funny, but history shows that producing six runs on offense seems to be the lucky number to get the victory.
Senior pitcher Karson Ligon will get the start once again for the third consecutive time against Sarasota, while Jaxson Crump, the former Riverview pitcher who transferred to Sarasota last season, will toe the rubber against his old teammates Wednesday night. This matchup will be one for the ages as Ligon and Crump, both very good friends with one another, will face off to determine who is better at what they both do best. With Ligon headed to the University of Miami next fall and Crump to the Air Force Academy, each D1 school will be bolstered in terms of talent and potential.
From the first pitch on, the atmosphere will be electric as it always has and will be on both sides. The game starts at 7 p.m. on the home field of the Sarasota Sailors as the Rams will hope to call out “SINK THE SAILORS” after the game concludes.