The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 18, 2013

H.S. baseball: Warrior Run snaps six-game slide in win over Milton


Milton got a run back in the bottom of the third when Chad Diggan doubled and scored on a Bordner single.

The bottom of the Warrior Run (3-6) order got the Defenders an insurance run in the fourth. Jared Bender singled and stole second. Bender came around to score on No. 9 hitter Lloyd Minium's single.

The Defenders left the bases loaded in the top of the fifth and it looked like it would come back to haunt them in Milton's at-bat in the bottom of the inning. Artley walked and an error put runners on second and third with no outs. Damien Moyer followed with an RBI single. Bordner added his third RBI single in as many at-bats to tie the game at 4-4.

Raup got out of the jam without allowing the Black Panthers (4-3) to take the lead thanks to a fielder's choice and two groundouts.

"The breaks are not going our way. We can't come up with the clutch hit when we need it and it seems like the other teams are getting those clutch hits," Milton coach Chace Phillips said. "That's the way this game goes sometimes. We're trying not get too down on ourselves, but it takes its toll for sure."

The Defenders took the lead right back with two runs in the top of the sixth. Raup singled to open the inning. After a sacrifice, a wild pitch and a throwing error on a strikeout led to a run. Then another wild pitch on a strikeout later in the inning gave Warrior Run a 6-4 lead.

Raup almost got the hook in the bottom of the sixth when he walked the lead off hitter, but a double-play ground out kept him in the game. Raup finished off his complete game, allowing just a two-hit walk in the seventh before getting a fly out to end the game. He finished with five strikeouts and five walks.

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