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Raiders finish third in Pratt Tourney

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It was kind of a matter of all or nothing for the Osawatomie Raiders, as they played to a 2-1 record at the Pratt Tournament on June 26 and 27, 2010 at Pratt. The Raiders opened the event with a 20-0 pasting of Larned, and then fell to the host team 12-4 before defeating Alva 9-7 for third place in the two day tournament.

WLH0133 The Raiders opening game against Larned started innocently enough, as Osawatomie scored three runs on just one hit in the first inning, but then erupted for 15 runs on 11 hits in the second inning to turn the game into a rout. Just for good measure the Raiders added two more runs in the third inning to take the game by a score of 20-0.

In the first inning, the Raiders used five walks issued by Larned pitching along with a single by Daine Needham and a sacrifice from Derrick Keuser to score their three runs. But it was the second inning where the Raiders did all their damage.

In their 15 run second inning, the Raiders batted around twice as 19 men went to the plate, 16 reached base safely and 15 scored. Osawatomie used eight singles, two doubles and a triple along with two Larned errors and three walks to rack up their double digit runs. In the inning, Brant Johnson doubled, walked and scored two runs, Travis Marsh walked and scored a run, Daine Needham doubled twice and scored two runs, Riley Divine singled and walked and scored two runs, Spencer Booe singled, reached on an error and scored twice, Derrick Kueser singled and scored, Mitch Talley singled and score and Drew Needham singled twice and scored two runs. The Raiders were retired in the inning by two fly balls to right field one by Marsh and the other by Johnson, and a ground ball to second base by Kueser.

In the third inning the Raiders used three walks, a hit batter and two sacrifice bunts to push across their remaining two runs of the contest.

Larned managed just a single hit, and got just thee runners on base, the other two coming on a Raider error and a walk, all three runners were stranded, two in scoring position.

Raiders fall to Pratt 12-4

In the semi-final game, the Raiders saw Pratt use a pair of five run innings to pull away and send Osawatomie to the third place game. In the game the Raiders jumped on top with two runs in the first, but Pratt came back to score five runs in the second, one in the third, five more in the fourth and a single tally in the fifth to take the victory.

In the first inning, Johnson led off with a single to left, moved to second on a passed ball and then scored on a pair of errors to allow the Raiders to grab a 1-0 lead. After a Marsh strike out, Daine Needham reached on a fielders choice, stole second and third and scored on a single by Divine to make the score 2-0.

The Raiders pushed the lead to 3-0 in the top of the second as Osawatomie used a two out singles by Drew Needham, Johnson and Marsh to push across their third run of the game, before the Pratt offense got on track. When the smoke had cleared after three innings of play, Pratt had come back to take a 6-3 lead. The Raiders pushed across another single run in the fourth as Kueser walked and scored to cut the Pratt lead to two at 6-4.

It was the last runs the Raiders would score, as Pratt added five runs in the bottom of the fourth and one more in the fifth to take the 12-4 victory.

Raiders edge Alva 9-7 for third

In the third place game, the first and last innings were great for the Raiders, but in between things were not so good, as Osawatomie opened with a pair of runs in the first, and closed by scoring seven runs in the sixth to take the come from behind 9-7 victory.

The Raiders once again got a game opening single off the bat of Johnson and a one out single from Daine Needham. Both runners came around to score on a single by Austin Porter who was left stranded at second as Divine and Booe both grounded out to end the inning. After their two run, three hit first inning, the Raiders were held scoreless on just two hits till they once again broke through in the sixth inning to take the victory.

In the mean time, Alva used a two run third and a five run fourth inning to grab a 7-2 lead after four full innings of play. Alva scored their seven runs on eight hits. But the Raider pitching settled down after that, holding Alva hitless and scoreless through the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, setting Alva down one-two-three in the sixth and seventh, and allowing three base runners but no runs in the top of the seventh, after Osawatomie had come back to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth.

In the sixth inning, Divine led of with a single to left, which was followed by singles from Booe and Kueser. After a Cody Wiseman strike out, Cody Lee reached safely driving in a run before Johson singled to drive in two more and make the score 7-5. Marsh reached on a fielders choice and Daine Needham was hit by a pitch scoring another run to cut the Alva lead to just one at 7-6. Johnson, Needham and Marsh also scored in the inning to give the Raiders the victory at 9-7.

The Raiders return to action on Monday, June 28, 2010 with a home game against Ottawa, first pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m.

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