Raiders brings the bats in big win
|Roosevelt Roughriders ... 6 innings|
Roosevelt put up the first run of the game, but that proved to be little hindrance to Reynolds on its way to a 17-7 mercy-rule baseball win Wednesday.
The Raiders batted through their lineup the first time they got a hold of their bats with Greg King, Justice Thompson and Ethan Jerome stringing together a series of two-run hits to put Reynolds in charge 8-1.
Roosevelt advanced a runner to third base in the next inning, but he was frozen in place when Ian Girtman made a catch on the move in center field for the third out.
Reynolds returned to the batter's box and picked up where it left off. Thompson sent a sacrifice fly to left field that brought in teammate Spencer Verdieck, Girtman sent an RBI-single into the right-field gap and Drexler Dickey punched one through the middle to put the mercy rule in play late in the second inning.
Verdieck smashed a home run in the next inning, as the Raiders saw their lead grow to as much as 17-1. He finished 4-for-5 on the day and scored three times.
Teammates Alex Hendrickson, Thompson and Girtman each put in perfect days at the plate, as Reynolds hit 19-for-35 (.543) as a team with four extra-base hits.
Hendrickson and Jerome combined on the pitching effort and finished with five total strikeouts.
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