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Raiders drop district game to Wayne County

By Steve LeMaster

MONTICELLO – McCreary Central fell behind early and couldn’t recover from its slow start as host Wayne County pulled away to win 19-3 in five innings in a 48th District baseball game on Tuesday.
The Raiders were held hitless during the 48th District matchup.
With the loss, McCreary Central dropped to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in the 48th District.
Wayne County improved to 5-6 overall and 0-1 in the district with the win.
Dominant Wayne County set the tone early, erupting for eight runs in the bottom half of the first inning.
McCreary Central struggled to put runs on the scoreboard and had a tough time defensively containing Wayne County.
Trailing 9-0, McCreary Central pushed across three runs in the top half of the third inning but couldn’t keep up with offensive-heavy Wayne County during the district contest.
Wayne County pitcher Gabriel Ruiz earned the win. Ruiz surrendered three runs on zero hits over three innings, striking out two. Another Wayne County pitcher, Jacob Jackson, threw two innings in relief. Ruiz and Jackson combined to throw a no-hitter for the Cardinals.
McCreary Central pitcher Connor Campbell took the loss. Campbell allowed five hits and eight runs over two-thirds of an inning, striking out two.
Wayne County totaled 13 hits in the district game. Walker Hancock, Cody Vaughn and Kameron Gehring provided two hits apiece for Wayne County in the win.
Kidd helped to lead McCreary Central’s limited offensive attack, driving in one run.
Each 48th District baseball team committed five errors.
Both McCreary Central and Wayne County will compete in the 48th District Baseball Tournament in May.

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