Tough pitching and mistakes cost the Raiders both games against Green River today. On the road, the Raiders lost game one 6 to 5 and a tougher loss in game two 7 to 0.
Game one saw Green River’s ace Cody Hebner who was overpowering at times for the Raiders. The Raiders were able to put pressure on Hebner with the first two batters reaching on a single by Des Santos and a walk by Zach Corpuz. Hebner struck out 10 Raider batters during his outing.
After a sacrifice by Derek Voigt that put both runners in scoring position, Hebner was able to strikeout two batters, including the final out, and worked his way out of the jam. And that’s what the Raiders faced while Hebner was out on the mound.
“He’s their number one pitcher,” Duncan Stevenson, Director of District Athletics said, “They matched their best for today, and with six games in three days, it’s tough on our team.”
The Raiders were not able to break into the run column until the fourth inning after Jerrett Hardy and Brian Corliss walked and Josh Potter reached on an error. JR Camacho was able to bring the first run in with a hit by pitch and Josh Phillips tied the game with a beautiful suicide squeeze play.
Hebner was relieved for Brendan Jeffers much to the benefit of the Raiders. With the score 4 to 2, the Raiders were able to score one off of Jeffers with back-to-back doubles by Potter and Nash in the top half of the eighth.
In the top half of the ninth inning, the Raiders were down 4 to 3 with only a few outs to remaining. Potter lead off with a single followed by a Hardy infield single put pressure on Jeffers. Corliss, 2 for 3 at the time, was hit by an inside pitch to load the bases. Nash stepped up and knocked in two runs with a single to take the lead.
Dylan Brown came in the game in game in the eighth but it was a ninth inning leadoff triple that chased him from the game. The Gators were able to score the runner when Josh Phillips was unable to pick up the save with no outs. Phillips was able to prevent more runners from scoring and took the game into extra-innings.
In extra frames Phillips’ defense (error) and two hits put the bases loaded with hot-hitter Bobby Jo Tannehill coming up. Tannehill lanced a game winning single into left-center and gave the Raiders a frustrating loss.
“It was a good game for the guys to learn from,” Coach Mike Nedeau said after the games. “You don’t want to lose but the game showed they can battle back under adversity. Especially when they are tired after playing three straight days of double headers. It shows character that they can battle against a good pitcher like that.”
Starter – Nathan Bunch: 5 1/3 IP, 6 K, 4 BB, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, HB (Total Pitches = 102)
The second game of the day was one the Raiders would like to forget. They ended up losing the game 7 to 0 and looked tired throughout the game.
The defense made three errors in the game and the pitching struggled to prevent an early lead. TJ Horsfall took the mound and looked wild from the start falling behind often. Horsfall only lasted one inning on 40 pitches and he allowed four runs to score.
The same issue befell Horsfall’s replacement, lefty Efrain Padron, who could only go one inning himself. The defense didn’t help Padron either with two errors in the inning. A wild pitch, balk and two runs coming across brought Nedeau out for the hook who brought out Corliss.
Corliss fared much better. He was able to record six strikeouts in three innings pitched and only gave up one run (in the third).
There wasn’t much offense to speak of for game two. Left hander Luke Goodgion was overpowering for an evidently tired team.
Nedeau mentioned that the sloppy defense and slow bat speed was a result of the team tirering. “You have to play through the adversity. We basically came in against their number one and two guys out there with, basically, our bullpen. It would be good for our guys to get some much needed rest and come back at it next weekend.”
The Raiders next game will be home at Mt. Tahoma High School against Tacoma Community College on May 7.
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