RINGLING — With a strong wind blowing Thursday afternoon, both the Turner Falcons and Ringling Blue Devils pitching staffs put on a defensive show.

RINGLING — With a strong wind blowing Thursday afternoon, both the Turner Falcons and Ringling Blue Devils pitching staffs put on a defensive show. 

Ringing starting pitcher Dakota Snodgrass and Turner starter Ridge Parker, managed to combine for 20 total strikeouts, but it was the Blue Devils getting the last laugh as they came away with a 4-0 victory. 

“We went and played hard and competed,” Ringling coach Steve Pybas said.

“We had way too many strikeouts, but then again it is early in the season. Their (Turner) pitchers did a really good job, and those guys are as good as anyone we’ve seen so far this year.” 

The Falcons opened the top half of the first inning with their best scoring opportunity of the game. 

After Justice Hammond struck out to start the game, Parker worked a one out walk. Tyler Campbell followed by slapping a single to to the outfield. Unfortunately for the Falcons, after the runners advanced to second and third on a passed ball, Snodgrass finished the inning by striking out the next two batters he faced.

Ringling didn’t need long to break the deadlock, finding the breakthrough in the second inning. 

Zack Cargile made it 1-0 when he brought home Ethan Neble on an RBI groundout. 

The Blue Devils had a rough time the next few innings getting on base against Parker, who recorded seven strikeouts against the next nine batters he faced in the third through the fifth inning. 

The tide turned in the bottom half of the sixth inning for the Blue Devils offensively, as they were finally able to expand their advantage. 

Drake Stapleton doubled the lead for Ringling when he scored on a passed ball, before Snodgrass scored off a balk. 

Zack Cargile then finished off the game with an RBI single.  

The Blue Devils will be back in action Friday night at Temple, while the Falcons will not play again until March 26th when they will take on Mill Creek before going to the Thackerville tournament.