Baseball season off to shaky start

Alex Roberts

Volunteer Reporter

The RSC baseball team lost its second consecutive home game Saturday, Feb. 15 after struggling with pitching and making key plays. The Raiders were shut out 7-0 by Hutchinson Friday during the season opener and then were beat 13-6 Saturday.

RSC switched pitchers three times during the game, ultimately failing to stop Hutchinson’s powerful offense.

Saturday’s game was close and competitive through the first three innings. But in the top of the fourth, Hutchinson took a commanding lead after hitting a triple and single, bringing in multiple runs.

The Raiders decreased Hutchinson’s lead when Catcher Jake Bledsoe hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth, but Hutchinson never stopped scoring. By the seventh inning, Hutchinson had a lead of 9-6.

One of the few defensive highlights came in the top of the seventh inning, when Shortstop Dylon Sturges made an amazing diving catch. However, they missed several opportunities to tag opponents out and let multiple opponents steal second base.

By the end of the game, Hutchinson had scored 13 runs, more than twice as many as RSC. Raiders head coach, Coty Cooper, said the offense did not play very well and the defense was only good for the last couple of innings. In order to improve, they must “be ready to make plays and finish ball games,” Cooper said.

While the Raiders’ hitting was inconsistent and their defense was sloppy, credit should be given to Hutchinson’s play. The Raiders were held to only six runs and used four pitchers.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, RSC takes on a new opponent, Seward County Community College, at 1 p.m. This will be their last home game before going on the road.


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