Raiders baseball finishes season with winning record

Colton Swanson, Reporter

The Pierce College Raiders baseball team finished its 2017 season with a 29-14 record and 17-8 in league, good for third place in the Western Division.

The team enjoyed an eight-game winning streak from May 6-13 where players outscored their opponents 85-17 during that time span to finish out their regular season.

The Raiders never found themselves with a record below .500 in league or overall play.

The closest they came to a losing record was on the first day of the season on Mar. 1 when they split a doubleheader against Bellevue College.

The regular season came to an end with back to back four-game sweeps of Gig Harbor Community College and Centralia Community College. This came on the heels of getting swept by Lower Columbia Community College and losing three of four games to Tacoma Community College.

The stage was set for a playoff game in Eugene, Ore. Pierce took on Treasure Valley at 2 p.m. on May 19 in a pitcher’s duel ending in a 4-3 win for the opposing Treasure Valley squad. The Raiders Northwest Athletic Conference hopes were to come down to one game.

A loser goes home game was played the next day against Eugene’s Lane Community College where the Raiders took a loss 2-1. The loss sent the Pierce club back to Puyallup with a bad taste in their mouths as their season was now officially over.

Five players made the first team Western Division All-Star team: infielder Rylan Cratsenberg, outfielder Tyson Cronin, utility man Mac McCarty, pitcher Blake Mallory and pitcher Alan Vasquez.
Three raiders made an appearance on the second team Western Division All-Star list: outfielder Josh Swanson, outfielder Ty Swanson and pitcher David Smallwood.

Gold Glove honors also have been given to both Ty Swanson and McCarty.

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Colton Swanson

Colton Swanson

Online Reporter at The Puyallup Post
My mood generally depends on how well the Mariners did. Beard enthusiast. I would love to become a beat writer for the Seattle Mariners but if I’m writing about sports then I will be satisfied. My passion for sports writing began in my junior year of high school when I created a Twitter page dedicated to my thoughts on the Mariners. From there, I found my way onto multiple sports websites where I covered the Mariners and a couple other teams throughout the season. If you need me, Safeco Field is the first place you should check.
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Colton Swanson

My mood generally depends on how well the Mariners did. Beard enthusiast. I would love to become a beat writer for the Seattle Mariners but if I’m writing about sports then I will be satisfied. My passion for sports writing began in my junior year of high school when I created a Twitter page dedicated to my thoughts on the Mariners. From there, I found my way onto multiple sports websites where I covered the Mariners and a couple other teams throughout the season. If you need me, Safeco Field is the first place you should check.

Raiders baseball finishes season with winning record

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