The first Saturday of spring break was a productive one for the Raiders’ Baseball team as McCreary earned two wins on their home field to improve to 4-5 overall.
The Raiders took on Bell County in the first contest, and knocked off the Bobcats with a dramatic 2-run walk-off win in the bottom of the 7th.
The Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd when Grant Hamner singled and scored on an Evan Kidd base-hit.
Bell would answer with a pair of runs in the 4th and one in the top of the 7th for a 3-1 lead.
Blake Corder led off the bottom of the 7th with a leadoff double, and would score when Hamner reached on a 1-out error. Nathan Goins would reach on a single, but was erased on a fielders’ choice from Kidd. Justin Trammell lifted a fly ball to right, which was dropped – allowing two runs to cross the plate for the 4-3 win for McCreary.
Connor Campbell pitched 6 innings of 10-hit ball, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, Corder would get the win, pitching one inning with no hits and striking out 2.
The Raiders’ second game of the day, ended with a 10-3 win over Cumberland County.
McCreary struck first, and often, scoring three times in the first and once in the second to take a 4-0 lead.
Corder would triple to lead off the first for the Raiders, followed by a single from Goins. Both runners scored on a Trammell double, who would also later score on a single from Isaiah Huddleston.
Logan Stephens reached on a single in the second and scored on a Huddleston single for the 4-0 lead.
A 6-run fourth put the game away for good for McCreary.
Corder would start the frame reaching on a base-hit, then back-to-back hit batters loaded the bases. A walk to Trammell drove in the first run, followed by 2 more when Logan Stephens reached on a one-out error. RBI singles from Campbell and Corder completed the inning with McCreary holding a comfortable 10-0 lead.
Cumberland would score three unearned runs in the top of the fifth on a two-out error, but that was the last of their offense.
Justin Trammell pitched 7 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 unearned runs and striking out 4.
McCreary comes back from break next week by hosting Clinton County on Monday, then traveling to Wayne County Tuesday.
(Correction: in last week’s story it was reported the Raiders were going for their first win over Pulaski County since 2001. It should have been their first win “at” Pulaski County since then. McCreary defeated the Maroons in 2009 at their home field.)