Raiders struggle offensively in loss to Tate

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.”

Read more in the May 5 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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