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Raiders rebound

Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:56 am

After two tough losses earlier in the week, the Raiders rebounded with a well-earned win against a good Cascade team. Key to the Raiders victory was a strong pitching effort by Carson Templeton and Tanner Womble. Templeton pitched 7 innings surrendering one run, two hits, walking three, and striking out eight. Womble earned the win throwing 4 innings, surrendering 0 runs, 1 hit, striking out two, and walking one. Cascades only run of the game came early in the first inning when S. Gardner hit a solo home run to deep left field. Unfazed by the home run, Templeton proceeded to challenge Cascade hitters forcing them to put the ball in play and relying on his defense. The Raiders tied the game in the 4th inning when Coy Cashion hit a two-strike fastball to right field driving in Ryder Morey. Womble relieved Templeton in the 8th and held Cascade hitters scoreless the remainder of the game. Cascade lone hit off Womble came in the 10th on a line drive to left that one-hopped the fence but Templeton hustled to retrieve the ball and made a good throw to 2nd base where Hunter Brown applied the tag. The game remained tied until the bottom of the 11th inning when Bryson Dobbs walked and moved to second on a Templeton sacrifice bunt. Dobbs advanced to third on a passed ball. With two outs, Jimmy Stewart hit a ground ball to third forcing a tough throw to first that pulled the first baseman off the bag. In an alert play, Stewart dove under the first baseman’s tag scoring Dobbs and giving the young Raiders their first victory of the season 2-1. Raiders lose two to Middle Tennessee Christian The Raiders lost the first game of the season at MTCS during a bitter cold Wednesday evening contest. The Raiders started the game with hits from Tanner Womble and Clay Burnett but could never manufacture any runs losing 9-0. Womble took the loss throwing one inning and surrendering 4 runs. Sophomore Cameron Pykiet pitched 5 innings giving up 7 hits and 0 walks. In the rematch Thursday night at Jim Burton field, the Raiders battled MTCS to a 4-3 lead through three innings. The tight contest broke open in the top of the 4th when MTCS scored 4 runs on three hits, a sacrifice fly, and an error. The Raiders were unable to bounce back and lost the game 20-4. Burnett started the game for the Raiders pitching 3 innings, giving up 3 runs, 3 hits, walking 6, and striking out 3. Morey, Cashion, Gage Parks, and Hunter Brown pitched the remainder of the game. Womble, Dobbs, Burnett, and Jimmy Stewart each collected one hit for the Raiders.