Raiders open diamond season with win

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Shut out Owen County, 4-0

By Dave Taylor

The Trimble County Raiders opened the 2011 baseball campaign with a 4-0 shutout over Owen County on March 22. Josh Baker drove in two runs with a double in the second inning to give the Raiders the early lead. Trimble added two runs in the fourth inning for the final tally.

“It was a good outing defensively,” Trimble Head Coach Frank Ragland said. “We made the plays we needed. We were alert and talking to each other.”

Starting pitcher Jimmy Duncan threw six scoreless innings before Skiler Alexander took over the mound in the top of the seventh to complete the shutout. Duncan had five strikeouts. Alexander fanned two batters in the seventh.

“I thought Jimmy threw well. He kept his pitch count down,” Ragland said. “This early in the season we’re thinking you’ll get four to five innings out of your starter. The pitch count was around 60-70 in the fifth inning and I thought he had one more inning in him. I brought in a closer to rest Jimmy’s arm and Skiler did the job.”

Five Raiders, including Jordon Tingle, Conner Beard, Cameron Adamski, Alexander and Duncan, scattered singles throughout the game to go with Baker’s second inning double.

“I’m pleased with the first outing,” Ragland said. “I expected us to come out and play that way. In all of the preseason our defense was pretty solid and the pitching was pretty solid in practice. We expected to come out here and win this thing today, and we did exactly what we should have done. It’s always good to win the opener.”