Reynolds baseball falls to Clackamas
Reynolds High School boys' baseball once again struggled to get the bats going as they fell to Clackamas High School 8-1 on Friday, May 13.
The Raiders' troubles started early as they allowed three runs to score in the first inning. Clackamas senior Nick Holm started off the scoring when he slapped a single to right field to score fellow senior Jackson Jaha. A hard-hit single from Cavaliers right-handed pitcher Jacen Rademacher brought in two runs to top off the disastrous start for the Raiders.
Putting up runs has been a struggle for Reynolds lately. The team only managed to get eight runs in the previous three games. It would be up to Raiders' bats if they had any chance of getting back in the game.
The Raiders stayed competitive from the second through the fourth innings. Only allowing one more run to get past them. Reynolds sent up senior right-hander Chase Baldwin to start on the bump. Baldwin went five innings and struck out six. Baldwin allowed all the Cavalier runs, nine walks and seven errors.
Despite getting through the bulk of the game unscathed, the fifth inning is where the Cavaliers put the nail in the coffin and pulled away with the lead. Clackamas put up four runs in the fifth inning, two of which were a result of an error in the outfield. After that inning, the Raides put in Jordan Ankele as pitcher to finish off the game.
The Raiders lone run came from Alex Hendrickson. Hendrickson got on base with a lead-off single in the sixth. After advancing to third, Hendrickson stole home on a passed ball.
Hendrickson and Ankele led the Raiders in hitting with two hits each. Baldwin was the only other Raider to record a hit.
Leading the Cavaliers in hits was Jaha with tw. Radechemer brought home two runners with one hit. The pitching combination of Holm and Caden Stevens took out 14 batters by strikeout.
In the end, the sixth-ranked Clackamas team ended up on top 8-1, advancing to 14-1 in league play and staying on top of the Mt. Hood Conference. The Raiders fell to 9-5 in league play, staying third in the conference.
Reynolds closes out the season and the hardest part of the schedule with a home game against Barlow on Monday, May 16. In their final game, they'll take on Clackamas on Tuesday, May 17, at home.
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