Raiders compete in week 8

ASHTON — Week 8 of the baseball season saw the Raiders struggle through an 0-4 week. 
Game one saw the Raiders lose in the bottom of the seventh 2 to 1 at Dakota.  Garrett Drew (1-2) took the loss. 
Offensively the Raiders were limited to 3 hits total, singles by Stephen Brooke and Michael Thompson, and a double by Caleb Drew. Thompson's single tied the game in the seventh. 
"I thought our pitching and defense kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win it at the end," Coach Greg Cissna stated.
     Game two saw the rematch on senior night for the Raiders. Dakota won 16 to 4. Stephen Brooke (3-4) took the loss. 
Offensively Tyon Davis and Garrett Drew were each 1 for 2. Caleb Drew and Adam Hart were 1 for 1 each.  Stephen Brooke was 1 for 3. 
"We came into the game looking to bounce back from the close loss up there but a bad first inning we were unable to recover from," Cissna stated. 
The losses dropped the Raiders to 9-11 overall and 2-11 in conference.  Dakota improved to 9-7 overall and 6-6 in conference play.
  Game three saw the Raiders lose a non-conference game to Crossroads Christian Academy 3 to 0.  Adam Hart (0-5) suffered the loss. 
The Raiders were limited to two hits on the day both by Stephen Brooke who was 2 for 3. The Raiders defense turned three double plays and made some great plays to keep the game close. 
"It was like Dakota earlier in the week. Our defense and pitching gave us a chance. We just haven't been able to push enough runs across." Cissna stated.
    Game four was the second game of the double header with Crossroads Christian Academy. The Crusaders won 13 to 6.  Stephen Brooke (3-5) took the loss. 
Offensively the Raiders had 10 hits but the pitching and defense could not shut down the Crusaders. 
David Atkinson was 2 for 5 with 2 RBI and 2 doubles.  Levi Meurer was 2 for 3 with an RBI.  Garrett Drew and Michael Thompson were each 1 for 2.  Dillon Lanning and Stephen Brooke were each 1 for 3. 
"Games 1 and 3 were the same and games 2 and 4 were the same" Cissna stated. "We couldn't get all parts of our game working together." The loss dropped the Raiders to 9-13 on the season.
     The Raiders have one week left of the regular season before beginning play in the Eastland Regional. The Raiders are the #4 seed and will host the #5 seed Polo on Monday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. in Ashton. The winner will travel to Eastland to take on the #1 seeded host on Wednesday, May 17.  The #2 seed Sterling Newman will face #3 seed Milledgeville at Eastland on Thursday, May 18. The regional championship will be in Eastland on Saturday, May 20.

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