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Raiders stop just short of playoffs in baseball, losing to Soap Lake


Darian Lindsey tags one for a two-base hit that brought in two runners Thursday. - Jacob Wagner photo

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders baseball team narrowly missed the playoffs after losing 5-3 to the Soap Lake Eagles May 4.

Senior Tyrell Kiser slides to safety at second base in Thursday's tiebreaker against Soap Lake. - Jacob Wagner photos

Lake Roosevelt, Soap Lake, and Tonasket competed in a three-way tiebreaker on neutral ground in Brewster Thursday to determine which two teams would go on to the postseason. After losing 5-3 to the Soap Lake Eagles, LR would have needed the Eagles to then defeat the Tonasket Tigers for a second chance, but the Tigers edged the Eagles 4-3, ending any hope of a playoff spot for the Raiders.

In the Raiders/Eagles game, the Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Raiders answered with three runs of their own in the second, then the Eagles scored another run in the third to tie things at 3-3.

The Raiders needed only to score one run, but despite getting runners on base, they were unable to bat them home.

The game, meant to only go four innings, went into the fifth, when the Eagles scored two runs that the Raiders were unable to answer.

"It was a tough way to end the season," Head Coach Billy Nicholson said. "I was proud of our team. They fought hard to the very end."

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