Baseball has tough week
Trey Nicholson covers first base at Pateros Saturday. — Al Camp, Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle photo.
Raider baseball had a tough week last week as they dropped all three games they played.
At Liberty Bell April 16, the league-leading Mountain Lions scored three runs in the first inning and the Raiders could not answer as they went on to lose 6-2.
Brady Black, on the mound for five innings, gave up two hits, four earned runs, and struck out four.
Kendall Piccolo came in to relieve and gave up only one hit in his inning on the rubber.
Piccolo led the team at the plate, going two of four. The Black brothers, Brady and Devan, scored the two Raider runs. Daniel Loch drove in a run.
Looking to recover, the Raiders traveled to Pateros Saturday for a doubleheader against the Billygoats. LR had to travel without some of its key senior players, who were off on college visits.
In the first game, with Justus DeWinkler on the mound, the Raiders kept it close, losing by only one run, 3-2. In the second game, Tim Loch pitched his hardest, but the defensive errors allowed the Billygoats to rack up the runs for a final of 7-3 Pateros.
Raider Head Coach Ted Piccolo saw some good from the games on Saturday. “On the bright side, many young and future Raiders were given the opportunity to play varsity ball,” he said.
With the three losses, the Raiders drop to third in the Central Washington North, behind Liberty Bell and Pateros.
LR looked to end the losing skid last night at Oroville.
For the last doubleheader of the season, the Raiders will be hosting the Bridgeport Mustangs at Greene Field on April 29, starting at 3:30 p.m. These are important games for seeding into the district tournament that starts on May 2.