Raiders close out regular season in baseball

The Navarre baseball team’s last week of the regular season had one ugly outing followed by a shutout performance, and then capped off the week with a lopsided final game.

In the end, the Raiders have a 12-12 record. But there’s still a shot at a district title and a berth in the regional tournament.

First, the bad. The team committed seven errors and managed just two hits in a 9-5 feeding frenzy by the Escambia Gators.  The box score is hard to imagine – the Raiders scored five runs on just three hits but committed eight fielding errors. Escambia’s scoring line was nine runs on eight hits, but with just two errors. Starter Cameron Thomas took the loss.

Navarre spotted the Gators two runs in the top of the first inning. The Raiders cut the margin in half when Thomas was hit by a pitch, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice fly, and came home on a passed ball.

Escambia scored three runs on five hits and four Navarre errors across the third and fourth innings.

But Navarre rallied.

Thomas doubled in the bottom of the fourth with Ben Waschenko aboard. Cameron Grimes pushed Waschenko across the plate on an infield hit. Thomas scored from third on a passed ball.

Read the full article in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options.

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