Raiders start 1-3 in region

Raiders start 1-3 in region

SEDALIA, Mo. — The Raiders baseball team dropped its first Region XVI series of the season.

Three Rivers lost 3 of 4 against State Fair, getting swept 9-0 and 3-0 Friday before winning Saturday's opener 6-4 and losing the 9-inning nightcap 11-8. It was also Three Rivers' first four game series of the season.

"(The offense) was kind of hot and cold, but really had a chance to win 3 of 4 and really were only able to come away with one of them," Three Rivers coach Stacey Burkey said.

Three Rivers (11-11, 1-3 Region XVI) got 12 hits in their lone win, 11 of which came from the first six spots in the lineup.

"Both teams played re- ally well and it came down to the last inning," Burkey said. "We got good pitching out of three guys."

Kolten Poorman, batting second, led the team after going 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI. The two guys batting after him, Palmer Campbell and Nick Fakouri, each had two hits. Campbell scored twice while Fakouri scored once and had an RBI.

Roberto Mejia had two hits and a triple that capped a three-run sixth inning.

Austin Brock took the mound for the Raiders with two outs and runners on the corners in the sixth inning and got a groundout to short before retiring the side in the seventh to earn his second save of the season.

Fakouri was 3 for 5 with two hits and two RBIs for the Raiders. Campbell was 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI as Three Rivers finished with 10 hits and drew seven walks.

Jake Uber (1-1) got his first win after pitching 4 2/3 innings and allowing five hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

"He swung a hot bat throughout the weekend and had some hard outs," Burkey said of Campbell. "He had three hard-hit balls in game two and didn't get any hits out of that. He had a couple hard-hit balls in the first game and didn't have anything to show for that. He's had some tough luck, but he had solid contact and it started to pay off for him in those last two games."

Three Rivers earned a combined seven hits in their two shutout losses on Saturday.

Poorman, Vervoordt, Zac Salyers and Tucker Hughes each had a hit for the Raiders. Cauley also drew two walks and Poorman drew one.

Austin Brock (1-1) took the loss after pitching an in- ning in relief and allowing three hits and two walks for five runs.


Scott Borkgren - Daily Amercican Republic