The Navarre High School Raiders spent their spring break playing in the Aggie Classic last week in Pensacola – and probably wish Oklahoma schools took some other week off.
The Raiders faced three opponents from the Sooner State and came out on the wrong end of the score in each contest. (Photo by Amy Frederick: Chase Meek pitches for the Raiders.)
On Monday, March 18, Navarre faced Jay, Okla. Through four innings the game was scoreless, but the Bulldogs broke through with three runs in the fifth and matched that total again in the sixth to take a 6-0 win.
Navarre squared off with mega-school Edmond, Okla., North on Tuesday. Edmond North has an enrollment of 2,250 students and won the 2012 Oklahoma Class 6A championship. The Raiders scored a run in the first to take an early lead. Jason Frederick pitched well and carried that 1-0 lead into the sixth when, once again, the long ball led to the Raiders’ demise. With two runners on, Josh Garbrecht belted a three-run homer that ended Navarre's attempt to defeat the state champs.
Navarre got its lone win for the week on Wednesday, March 20, against Hume-Fogg High School from the Nashville, Tenn., area. Trailing 3-2 heading to the fifth, Navarre scored two runs to take a 4-3 lead. Jared Gonzalez shut the Knights down the last three innings and got the complete-game victory.
On Thursday, Navarre took on another Oklahoma foe, the Pryor Tigers. Pryor scored five runs in the first inning and never had a ball leave the infield. The Raiders never really got anything going and the Tigers kept tacking on runs. The final score was 11-1 and Navarre's rough spring break week was over.
The baseball squad has a full week off from competition and will use the time to regroup, correct its mistakes and try to improve its offense.
Navarre returns to action Tuesday, April 2, at home against Escambia.
For box scores and more about Navarre baseball, see the March 28 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online.