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Raiders baseball gets back into the postseason for the first time since 2017

PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS - Despite loss to Clackamas, the Raiders secured a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2017. Despite losing the series against Clackamas High School 4-0, the Reynolds High School boy's baseball squad still had a lot to smile about as they managed to punch their ticket to the postseason for the first time since 2017.

The Cavaliers got off to an early start when senior Jackson Jaha scored on a wild pitch from Reynolds starting pitcher Alex Hendrickson.

Hendrickson lasted seven innings, allowed seven hits, four runs, two walks and struck out eight. The right-hander's performance and the Raiders defense behind him were able to limit a usually explosive Cavaliers team that regularly puts up double-digit scores to only four.

Jaha led the Cavaliers in hits with two out of his three at-bats. Garrett Strube and Nick Holm accounted for a single RBI each.

Unfortunately, the Raiders' bats had to face a dominant pitcher in Jaha. The senior right-hander went seven innings allowing only two hits, four walks, nine strike outs and no errors. The two hits came in the third inning when Hendrickson and infielder Gavin Martin had back-to-back singles. A walk from Ethan Anderson filled the bases and was the closest the Raiders got to a run. The chance was squashed when Chase Baldwin slapped a pop-up fly to end the inning.

Clackamas held their lead into the seventh and a ground-out from junior Tylor Redford ended the game and the regular season for both teams. With the win, Clackamas High School tops the Mt. Hood Conference, going 14-1 in league play.

Reynolds will go on to the postseason with a league record of 10-6 and third in the conference. This is Reynolds first playoff game since the 2016-17 season. This year's Raiders team is also the first squad to have a winning record since the 2015-16 team went 9-8.

"The season went well," said Reynolds' head coach Kyle Swoboda. "We got ourselves back in the playoffs, which we hadn't done in a couple years. This group of seniors have gone through a lot this year, battled back and put themselves in a position to play in the state playoffs."

The Raiders take on No. 1-ranked Lakeridge at 5 p.m. Monday, May 23, at Lakeridge High School, 1235 Overlook Drive, Lake Oswego.

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