Raiders too much for Nelson
Although not as decisive a win as they might have hoped, the Raiders were able to knock off Nelson High School on Friday, April 29, at Reynolds Middle School with a score of 6-3.
Nelson started the scoring with a second inning double by Dylan Barton and gave the Eagles their only lead of the night, 1-0. The Raider's didn't let that stand for long, as Tyler Redford scored on a ground out in the bottom of the second.
Reynolds pulled away in the third inning bringing in two runs. One came as Chase Baldwin stole home, which was immediately followed by a double from Jacob Hendrickson that brought in the second run of the inning. Nelson slowly encroached on the Raider's lead, adding another run in the fourth to make it 2-3.
The Eagles made it interesting throughout the game, getting a man in scoring position in almost every inning, but never being able to capitalize.
In the top of the seventh inning the Eagles had the tying run at bat and two out left in the inning. A ground ball to Raider's shortstop Steve Kovac ended the tight game with Reynolds on top, 6-3.
Kovac started the game on the mound for the Raiders and went six innings to get the win. Kovac had 12 strikeouts, three runs out of five hits and three walks.
"We felt good having Steve Kovac on the hill. He is a bulldog for us," said Reynolds coach Kyle Swoboda. "We feel confident every time he comes out for us."
Alex Hendrickson pitched clean up in the seventh and recorded two strikeouts and a hit. Baldwin, Ethan Anderson and Redford led the Raiders with two hits.
With the win, Raiders go up to 8-1 in league play and are second in the Mt. Hood Conference just behind Clackamas High School.
"We are excited to be playing and excited on where we are at and keep doing what we are doing," Swoboda said. "A lot of these guys had to go through some years of not having the most wins at the end of the season and having the COVID season, so it feels good, and they have earned this success."
Reynolds will be at home to welcome Central Catholic on Thursday, May 5. Nelson also is at home Thursday, May 5, as they take on Clackamas High School.
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