Raiders edged out by Rams, lose tight game on the road
JEFFERSON — With the regular season winding down and having tallied up just one victory this season, the Collins-Maxwell/Baxter Raiders are looking for smaller signs of improvement.
“Victories” has been a foreign word for CMB this season, and the team’s 1-21 record tells the story of a young team in a contentious conference struggling to compete, but the Raiders showed some competitive fire in their 5-4 loss to the Greene County Rams on Thursday night.
“There were definitely some things I liked out there. They are doing stuff that I have been telling them to do all year,” CMB coach Max Seeman said. “They’re finally getting it. If you watch this game and then games we have been playing throughout the year, you can definitely tell the difference in their confidence, the way they carry themselves at the plate, in the field, wherever. We’re headed in the right direction going into district play.”
The Raiders got on top early with a run in the top of the first inning, but the Rams put together a four-run rally in the bottom of the inning to take an early three-run advantage after one.
CMB got a couple of runners on to lead off the second inning. Freshman Brady Stover’s single through the left side of the infield put runners on first and second, but Rams’ starter Colton Fitzpatrick was able to strike out back-to-back Raiders to retire the side.
Stover had one of the early highlights in the game in the bottom of the third inning. With runners on first and second base and no outs, there was a ball hit to Stover in medium-deep center field. Stover circled under the ball and fired a blistering throw to try to nail the runner at third base, getting the ball to Aaron Haupert without a bounce.
Haupert looked to come up with the ball cleanly, but the umpire saw it differently and ruled the runner safe. CMB starter Seth Balke picked up a strikeout and got the final batter of the inning to fly out to Stover, retiring the side.
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