Raiders shut down by Colton, beat Tonasket
Raider baseball split their two non-league games over spring break, losing to the Colton Wildcats and defeating Tonasket at home on the 5th.
LR remains at .500 for the season with a 4-4 overall record, 3-0 in Central Washington 2B play.
In the game against Colton at Big Bend Community College Friday, Jake Straughan of Colton pitched a no-hitter and struck out 14 Raiders.
LR was three up and three down in the first, fourth, and sixth innings. The Raiders almost had a hit in the second inning, but Wildcat outfielder Grant Kinzer made a diving catch, taking away the best chance for a Raider hit.
"We played OK in the field but need to be mentally ready every play," Head Coach Billy Nicholson said.
Nicholson noted that Chance Garvin (four innings) and Jesse Louie (two innings) both pitched well, and that "Devan Black threw out two runners trying to steal second."
Colton won 5-0.
But the Raiders rebounded Saturday, defeating the Tonasket Tigers. LR jumped ahead early and Devan Black pitched a tight game.
Tonasket rallied in the later innings, briefly tying the game at nine apiece.
In the top of the seventh, Tyrell Kiser pitched out of a bases-loaded jam to seal the win for LR, 11-9.
Garvin scored four runs against the Tigers, while Trey Nicholson went three of four with a three-run home run and scored three runs. "The defensive gem was Taren Redstar chasing a ball lined in the left center gap by their number-three hitter, relaying it to Chance Garvin, who threw a strike to Jesse Louie at third to tag out the runner for the second out of the inning," Coach Nicholson said.
Raider baseball is on the road this week. Last night LR traveled to Pateros to take on the Billygoats. On Saturday LR heads to Liberty Bell to take on the Mt. Lions in a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. The Mt. Lions are on a losing streak dropping games to Brewster and Okanogan.
The Raiders return home on April 15 to take on the Bridgeport Mustangs at 4 p.m.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
LR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 Garvin, Louie (5) and Black
Colton 2 0 0 3 0 0 x 5 5 0 Straughan and Meyer
Ton 3 0 0 2 1 3 0 9 7 4 Black, Kiser (6) and Loch
LR 3 0 5 1 0 2 x 11 5 4 John R, Jerry R (5) and Jimmy C