Raiders storm past reigning Tennessee state champs

The Raiders took the field just once during spring break when they hosted a team from Bartlett, TN last Thursday afternoon.

The Panthers, from near Memphis, made it to the Tennessee State Championship game in 2015. Navarre defeated Bartlett last year in a game that went to extra innings. That would not be the case in 2016.   This year’s game was moved to 1 p.m. to try to beat the rain that was predicted to arrive in the early afternoon.  While the game was cut short due to the storms that rolled in, Navarre still came away with a dominant 6-0 win over the visitors from Tennessee.

After a scoreless first, Navarre took a lead in the second. The bases were loaded when Andre Mecedo got his first of three base hits and first of two RBI when he drove in a run with a drive to right field.

In the third. Cyrus Grimes (2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI), drove a ball over the head of the Panther left fielder and plated Michael Sandle and Octy Moyer to give the Raiders a 3-0 lead.

Matt Cronin had 7 K’s through three innings and had a perfect game going until Lamar Ammons drove a two out two strike hit to left field. It would be the only hit of the day for the Panther offense.

Macedo’s second hit and second RBI gave Navarre a 4-0 advantage in the fifth.

Read more in the March 31 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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