Stringing together hits was something that didn’t always come easy for Navarre’s baseball team this season and it hurt the Raiders Wednesday night in a 7A regional quarterfinal loss to Tate.
Navarre managed only five hits and left nine runners on base in a gut-wrenching 4-2 loss to the Aggies.
“We couldn’t put the hits together. It just wasn’t in the cards,” Navarre head coach Scott Murphy said.
The loss ended a season of high expectations for the Raiders, who won a district title a year ago and advanced to the regional semifinal round. They were hoping to make a run at a state title this year.
Energized and excited, Navarre came out ready to play against the Aggies and led 2-1 in the top of the fourth a two-run base hit by Koby Anderson.
Highlights were few and far between, however, on a night when Navarre was 6-for-24 at the plate.
In its three tournament games, the Raiders managed just 18 hits and scored a total of 5 runs. They left 24 runners on base as well.
But no matter how tough offense was to come by, effort was never in short supply for the Raiders during a 12-11 season. Murphy could always count on his team to battle from start to finish.
“It’s been like that all season. Our guys always play hard,” Murphy said. “Tate has a good team and they made great plays against us. But it takes 21 outs to win or lose a game and we are going to fight you until the end.”
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