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Lamoni 13, Mt. Ayr 7
The Raiders were stunned last Tuesday when the Lamoni Demons came to town and put up four runs in the top of the first to set the tone early.
The Raiders were only able to score one off a leadoff home run off the bat of Jaixen Frost. The score held 4-1, until the fourth inning.
The Demons added two more, before the Raiders closed the gap with a big four-run inning to trail by one.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Raiders loaded the bases after Lamoni walked a couple.
The Demons walked Ehlen which put a run across the plate before they were faced with the top of the order and walked Frost, pushing another free run across the plate.
A change on the mound for the Demons brought in Brayden Olson.
Ryce Reynolds drove in two more runs before Olson ended the inning with two strikeouts.
Lamoni would go on to extend its lead adding two more runs in the top of the fifth.
As the bottom of the fifth was getting underway, the game was suspended due to weather.
The teams came back the following day to resume, however, the Raiders ran into pitch count problems after Jaydon Knight pitched 34 pitches, Frost threw 77 pitches and Daron Drake threw 30.
According to the pitch count rules, any pitcher that hits the 25 pitch count limit must have a day of rest.
The Raiders were down to one pitcher left on the varsity roster when the game resumed.
The game was still within grasp of the Raiders until the top of the seventh when the Demons added four more to put them Raiders down 13-7 and end the Raider season.
The Raiders scored seven runs on seven hits, along with seven RBI.
They were walked 10 times while striking out nine times.
The fielders had a tough game, committing seven errors, while collected 18 putouts on 28 chances and three assists.
On the mound, the Raiders combined for 193 pitches, 12 strikeouts and allowing 13 runs on 10 hits, while walking 10 batters.
“It’s disappointing to end the season on that note,” said coach Anthony Maldonado. “I thought for the most part we came back re-focused and re-energized after it got suspended, but you have to give them credit for their pitchers and putting the ball in play.”
Coach Bill Huntington shared the same sentiments, while also speaking of how this team will forever live in his heart.
“It kills us inside to lose the game, I’m crushed,” said Huntington. “The sun will come up tomorrow, but we need to look at what these kids did during the year. We were conference champions, we 10-runned people that probably a lot of people thought we’d be lucky to score 10 runs. These kids showed up every single night and played and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F
LAM 4 0 0 2 2 1 4 13
MA 1 0 0 4 1 1 0 7
AB H R BI
Frost 3 1 1 3
Reynolds 4 3 0 2
Shay 4 0 1 0
Knight 4 1 0 1
Martin 0 0 0 0
Stark 2 0 1 0
Larson 3 0 1 0
Grose 4 2 1 0
Ehlen 2 0 1 1
Sackett 2 0 0 0
Trujillo 0 0 1 0
Drake 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 28 7 7 7
IP H ER R K
Frost 3.1 4 2 2 6
Knight 0.2 3 2 4 1
Sackett 2 3 3 5 2
Drake 1 0 0 2 3
TOTALS 7 10 7 13 12