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Raiders Season ends with loss to Fayetteville City

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11:47 am

From l-r 2017 MCHS baseball seniors Dillon Taylor, catcher, Destiny Ketchersid served as the team manager and sound system operator and Tanner Womble played pitcher, outfi eld, 2nd base. On seniors day they were recognized for their contributions to The Raiders’ baseball program.

The young Raiders season ended after a disappointing home loss to Fayetteville High Tigers Wednesday evening 5/3. Having shutout the Tigers twice a couple weeks earlier, Coach Deal and the Raiders were cautiously optimistic going into the game. Coach Deal’s big concern was how his young players would handle their first District tournament experience. Starting on the mound for the play-in game were Ryder Morey for the Raiders and Jonathan Pigg for the Tigers. Early game jitters allowed the Tigers to score four runs in the first two innings on four hits and three Raider errors. The Raiders defense tightened in the third and held the Tigers scoreless the remainder of the game. Clay Burnett relieved Morey in the top of the third and pitched five scoreless innings giving up just one hit, striking out three, and walking one. Pigg earned the win going seven innings giving up five hits and striking out nine. The Raiders only run came in the first inning when Burnett led off with a hit, followed by a double by Dylan Knight, and a sacrifice fly from Jimmy Stewart. The Raiders loaded the bases in the sixth but were unable to push across another run giving the Tigers the 4-1 win. Dylan Knight led the Raiders with two hits. The Raiders ended the season with a record of 10- 18 overall and 3-9 in District 9A.