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Ramirez Trucking finishes unbeaten

There was no phone booth around, but Caleb Northcutt still had time to put on his Superman cape just in time for Ramirez Transport.

With hopes of a perfect season dwindling, Northcutt hit two two-out triples and turned an unassisted double play in the final three innings to help Ramirez Transport rally to defeat the Shockmasters 14-9 Wednesday night.

Jeff Chisam added a go-ahead, three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, when Ramirez rallied from an 8-4 hole to take the lead for good. The victory gave the team a perfect 10-0 record, while Shockmasters fell to 7-3.

Shockmasters looked poised to pull the upset in the fifth. Thomas Mullins and Michael Woodlee hit a pair of two-run bombs to break a 4-4 tie.

Before Shockmasters could add to its lead, Northcutt scooped up a hot shot through the middle, tagged a runner trying to advance to third and stepped on second to end the inning.

Moments later, Northcutt came to bat with two on and two outs and his team trailing by four. One swing later, it was a different ball game.

Northcutt hit a laser into left field, one that was too hot to handle for the Shockmaster outfield. Noah Fann and Kyle Thompson scored, while Northcutt was able to reach third standing up.

Ty Ramirez and Josh Winfree followed with hits, with Ramirez’ single bringing in Northcutt. By the time Chisam launched a shot 300 feet to deep center, Ramirez Transport led 10-8.

Shockmasters tried to get back in the game, putting on two runners with two outs in the sixth. A hot shot was sent back through the middle, but Thompson – retreating from throwing the pitch – was able to make a back-hand stop to end the inning.

The youngest members of Ramirez Transport – Fann, Jaythan Baker and Kyle Fowler – helped put the game away with big hits in the sixth. Northcutt, who hit a two-run homer in the third, finished off his masterpiece with a two-run triple down the left-field line to complete the scoring.

In other action, Morrison Industries (1-8) picked up its first victory, beating Throwing Shade (1-9) 25-24. Tim Kilgore led the way with a 5-for-5 night at the plate, including a home run in the seventh. 

Wanted (6-4) also won Wednesday, beating Namaste (4-5) 20-17 in a battle for third place. Duane Hodges and Tyler Bell had four hits apiece to lead Wanted.

The league tournament is set to start next Wednesday, July 31 after a make-up game at between Morrison Industries and Namaste.