The Raiders had a strong start to the season, winning their first two contests, but hit a rough spot last weekend – dropping their next three.
McCreary opened their 2017 campaign with a 7-1 win over Clarkrange in the Oneida City Tournament. Weather prompted the cancellation of their final two games of the tournament, but the Raiders followed up with an 18-8 win over Scott Tuesday.
The Raiders were led offensively by Blake Corder who went 2-2 at the plate, with 2 runs scored and 2 driven in. Zack Chaney finished the day 2-4 with a run scored and 2 driven in.
Zech Moore took the win for McCreary, with 2 scoreless and hitless innings pitched. Freshman Connor Campbell threw three innings of 5-hit ball, and allowed only 2 earned runs.
Over the weekend the Raiders’ short-lived win streak was snapped. Friday afternoon Casey County powered past McCreary for an 11-0 win. On Saturday the Raiders hosted Harlan County and Whitley County for a round-robin.
The Black Bears were boosted with a 9-run fourth inning to knock off McCreary 12-2 in the opener
Against the Colonels the Raiders trailed 4-3 going in to the final inning, but gave up 2 in the top of the 7th to fall 6-3. Only 3 of the runs allowed by McCreary were earned in the contest.
The Raiders travel to Clinton County Thursday, but return home Friday to host Williamsburg. On Saturday the Raiders will play two games in Pineville, taking on both Jellico and Bell County.