April 26, 2015
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Ragusi's 3-run shot lifts Rock Island past Ottawa

OTTAWA, Ill. – The top of the Rock Island order proved to be too much for Ottawa Wednesday, combining to go 9-for-12 with six RBIs in an 8-7 win that spoiled Senior Day for the Lady Pirates.
Jasmine Ragusi launched a three-run home run to left field in the sixth inning that broke a 5-5 tie. Ragusi finished 4-for-4 with six RBIs, falling a triple shy of the cycle.
Taylor Marvin took the loss for Ottawa (13-11), allowing eight runs (five earned) on 12 hits and no walks to fall to 7-8 on the season. She snuffed out more than half of Rock Island’s lineup, holding the Lady Rocks’ fourth through eighth hitters to just one hit in 18 tries.
The ninth hitter, Morgan Twing, proved to be a thorn in Marvin’s side, as did leadoff hitter Bailey Allison, who each recorded two hits. De’Aysha Walker, hitting second, pounded out three more hits, and the Lady Rocks’ trio repeatedly set the table for Ragusi, who entered hitting .514 and seemed unable to miss.
The Lady Rocks got on the board first, as Allison and Walker reached with singles before Ragusi singled to plate the first run of the game. Ottawa battled back in the second inning, with Meghan Halm and Emily Nelson smacking back-to-back RBI doubles to put the Lady Pirates ahead.
Rock Island answered moments later, as Allison and Walker again singled ahead of Ragusi, who plated them both with a double over the head of Sam Halm.
Ottawa went back in front in the fourth inning, taking advantage of two Rock Island errors to push three across. Skylar Connelly laced an RBI single up the middle to score Meghan Halm just moments after smashing a home-run-distance foul ball, then Jill Wignes plated Nelson and Connelly with an RBI single and an error in the outfield.
Trailing 5-3, Rock Island again battled back in the fifth, this time on an RBI single from Kyrstin Plohr and a sacrifice fly from Courtney Pearson. That tied the game at 5-5 and set the stage for Ragusi’s towering shot in the sixth that scored the winning run for Rock Island.
Connelly collected another RBI single in the sixth inning to cut into the Lady Rocks’ lead, and the Lady Pirates worked a single and a pair of walks against Rock Island closer Maggie McCready in the seventh inning to make it interesting.
Starting pitcher Hannah Hart re-entered the game, allowed a single to Jess Wignes to load the bases, then got Meghan Halm to ground into a fielder’s choice that scored Taylor Jansen before getting Emily Nelson to fly out to end the game.
Meghan Halm finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored to earn J.J.’s Pub and Grill Player of the Game honors.
Ottawa visits Sandwich on Thursday.
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