Crumitie's slam lifts Rickards

Crumitie's slam lifts Rickards

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Crumitie's slam lifts Rickards

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Tank Crumitie’s grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Rickards High baseball team a 7-4 victory over Godby on Friday afternoon.

When Crumitie found himself at the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh and his team trailing by a run, it’s hard to believe there could have been anything else on his mind.

But there was.

Crumitie’s younger brother was hospitalized on Thursday after what was described as a freak accident.

Crumitie said when he found out his brother was going to be OK that he decided to try to win the game for him. He got just that chance Friday – and brought home the game ball to present to his brother afterward.

“It was pretty crazy what happened to my little brother,” Crumitie said. “I knew I wanted to come out and give it my all. I even had his picture taped up in the dugout tonight. I can’t even explain how it feels to be able to come through like that. I love all of these guys on my team.”

Not only did Crumitie hit the game-winning grand slam, but he also started on the mound for the Raiders by striking out five Godby hitters over four innings.

The Raiders also got a lift from shortstop Tramayne Holmes, who was 3 for 4 with a solo home run. Darryl Darby added an RBI single.

“This was a crazy game,” Rickards coach Brian Kelley said. “I can’t say enough about that kid and what his family has gone through the past couple of days, and I didn’t even realize he had his brother’s picture up in the dugout. I’m so happy for him. I’m not even sure we deserved to win this game. Godby wasn’t the team making all of the mistakes – we were.

“Obviously I’m happy to come away with the win, but we have to clean up some of those mistakes moving forward. I gotta let my guys enjoy this one before we get back to work.”

Godby starter Mike Haddix had a solid outing, allowing just three runs in five innings. The Cougars’ Devontrez Boyd had a two-run double to key the offense.

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