Britton tosses shutout

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 25, 2006

AHOSKIE – Bryan Britton tossed a two-hit shutout yesterday afternoon.

The junior right-hander from Ridgecroft School led his team to a 10-0 victory over Tarheel Independent Conference rival Northeast Academy.

Ridgecroft opened the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the first frame.

Jeremy Courtright tripled to right-centerfield and scored on a Gavin Mizelle RBI-single to left, giving the Rams a 1-0 advantage.

The home team added three in the bottom of the second stanza.

Dillon Lowe singled to left and went to second and third on balks. Britton walked and stole second, allowing Lowe to score on a wild throw by third on the play. Britton took third on the error and scored when Matthew Jones reached on an error.

Jones was thrown out on an attempted steal, but Courtright walked and went to third on a Mizelle single to center. Neil Howard plated Courtright on his RBI-single to left that gave Ridgecroft a 4-0 lead.

Northeast had its biggest threat in the top of the third. Arch Harrell doubled to right-centerfield and went to third on a wild pitch. Cole Vinson then drew a walk, but the runners were left stranded.

Ridgecroft added two in the bottom of the third inning.

Josh Morris singled to center, stole second and went to third on an error. Morris scored on a Lowe sacrifice fly. Haynes Joyner reached on an error and scored on a Jones RBI-triple to center.

Ridgecroft led 6-0 after three innings.

The Rams scored their final runs in the bottom of the fourth frame.

Dustin Baker walked. Pinch runner Andy Daughtridge then went to second on a Morris single. Lowe walked to load the bases.

Daughtridge and Morris scored on a Joyner two-run single to left. Lowe and Joyner scored on a Britton two-run double to left-centerfield, giving the Rams a 10-0 lead.

Britton went five innings for the win, allowing no runs on two hits. He struck out nine.

Ridgecroft had 10 hits in the game led by Mizelle and Morris, each of whom had two hits.

The Rams improve to 11-2 overall and 7-2 inside the TIC wars.