Navarre High School played three District 1-6A baseball contests last week; the Raiders were shut out twice and scored a season-high number of runs in the other. (PHOTO: Kyle Rogers hurdles a Pace base runner.)
On Tuesday, April 9, the Raiders traveled to Pace to try to hand the Patriots their first district loss, but Pace scored two runs in the second inning, the first of which turned out to be the winning run. The Patriots added a run in the third and another in the fifth to round out the scoring.
The Raiders had only had three base runners and had been held hitless until Robby Miller's seeing-eye single with two outs in the sixth broke up Tyler Sharp's no-hit bid. Matt Marshall added a double in the seventh for Navarre's only other hit. Pace's district record remained unblemished with the 4-0 victory.
Navarre 13, Washington 8
Navarre hosted the Washington Wildcats on April 10. As has been a recent trend, the Raiders fell behind early. Washington scored two runs on three hits and a walk in the first inning. They added another run in the second to take a three-run lead. Navarre got on the board in the bottom of the second. Bryant Watson led off the inning with a walk. Marshall stepped to the plate next and singled on the first pitch he saw. Watson was forced out at third on a bunt by Jared Gonzalez. A single by Carson Wells loaded the bases. Another single, this one by Jason Frederick, plated Berteau, who was running for Marshall, and a passed ball allowed Moorer, who was running for Gonzalez, to score.
The floodgates opened in the bottom of the third. Sixteen Raiders came to the plate in the inning and 11 runners crossed the plate. Wildcat pitchers allowed five hits, issued six walks, and plunked two Raider batters in the inning. It was by far Navarre's biggest single-inning output and contributed to the 13-run total which was the most in any game this year.
The Wildcats didn't fold, though, and battled back with two runs in the fourth and three more in the top of the seventh to make the final score 13-8.
Milton 10, Navarre 0
Navarre traveled to Milton last Friday to take on the Panthers, who they were battling for seeding in the district tournament that starts April 22.
Robby Miller and Kevin Jones both singled in the first inning, but the Raiders were unable to score. Milton was able to scratch one run across in the bottom of the first, but the real damage was done in the second. The Panthers scored seven runs on eight hits to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Besides those two first-inning singles Navarre managed only two additional hits in the contest. Milton ended the game early when the Panthers added a run in the fifth to make the final 10-0.
For complete box scores, see the April 18 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online.