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Rounding out the season

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Raiders return winless in final road stretch

By Jacob Blair

After the blowout nearly two weeks ago at Walton-Verona, the Raiders hoped for a rebound with the season’s final road games closer a little closer to home.

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The team traveled to Henry County, Spencer County and started tournament play at North Oldham. None of the matchups provided the boost to end the year on a high note with losses at all three.

Henry County

The Raiders made the short hop over to New Castle, but the result wouldn’t yield any offensive fruit as the Wildcats shutout Trimble on Tuesday night, 8-0.

In seven innings, the team managed six hits on 28 at bats. Evan Kunkel had a double.

The Raiders fielding woes from the Walton-Verona contest continued with seven errors against the Wildcats. Kunkel struckout six Henry County batters.

Spencer County

During the Thursday trip to Taylorsville, the Raiders found some offensive success, but the Spencer County Bears had high scoring performances in the third and the fifth to end the game after five innings, 14-4.

The Raiders were 5 of 21 at the plate with Zach Clifford having two runs and an RBI. Landon Sutherland and Luke Staley added a run each, with Staley also having an RBI. Duncan Ralston had a double and two RBIs. Austin Cissell and Staley each had a stolen base.

The Raiders limited the errors in the field to three. Clifford pitched for more than four innings and struck out six batters.

North Oldham

On the road at Goshen to open the 29th District tournament, the Raiders couldn’t prevail, falling 9-1 with the lone run by Derek Harris coming in the seventh inning.

Logan Rogers had a double and an RBI in Monday’s game while Harris and Ralston each had a hit. North Oldham’s Seth Bacon struckout four Trimble batters.

Kunkel pitched for four innings and Zach Clifford pitched the last two for the Raiders, including two strikeouts.

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The conclusion of the season also marks the end of high school baseball for seniors Harris, Kunkel and Reese Poe. The team currently has four juniors, six sophomores and two eighth graders that are eligible to return for the 2019 season.