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Tigers roll to sweep of Raiders

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West Liberty-Salem’s baseball team wiped out Benjamin Logan for a doubleheader sweep Saturday.

The visiting Tigers won 17-5 in five innings in the opener and the WL-Salem shut out the home team 12-0 in five innings in game two.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Jake Rutan stretches for the ball at first base as Benjamin Logan’s Brady Bechtel dives back to the bag on a pickoff attempt during Saturday’s game at Ben Logan. EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND

The Tigers are now 15-5 on the season. Ben Logan falls to 10-8.

WL-Salem pounded out 13 hits in the opener.

For the Tigers, Trent Thomas was 2-3 with two RBI, Grant Burden was 3-4 with a double and three RBI, Kyle Crawford was 2-4, Spencer Whitcraft was 2-4 with a double and two RBI and David Branham had a double.

Brady Bechtel was 3-3 and Collen Pulfer was 2-3 with two doubles and three RBI to spark the Raiders. Tristin Harshfield was 2-3 and Austin Ahle was 2-4.

Cole Wilson went all five innings on the mound to earn the win for the Tigers.

In game two, Kyle Wilkins and Whitcraft combined for the shutout for WL-Salem. Wilkins allowed only one hit in four innings of work and Whitcraft threw a hitless inning of relief.

Jake Rutan belted a home run and collected three RBI to lead the Tigers at the plate in the second game. Grant Burden was 2-2 with a double and three RBI to aid the winning effort.

Zane Collins had a double for the Raiders’ lone hit.

Both teams are back in action today. The Tigers host Southeastern and Ben Logan plays at home against Northwestern.

Catch more baseball coverage in Monday's Examiner.

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