Raiders take first of double header over John Marshall Rockets

Tyler Hughes gets a Raider Win in first game of DH. Photo Credit Jim Wellbrock

By Joey Hudson

       The Raiders hosted the Rochester John Marshall Rockets at Sechler Park for a double header on Tuesday may 2nd. The Raiders started the first game off hot, scoring five in the first off of four hits and two errors. The scoring first started when junior star center fielder Kamden Kaiser hit a hard ground ball into right field scoring both Jake Geiger and Spencer Mellgren. The Raiders kept the momentum going with Austin Keop hitting a double giving the Raiders runners on second and third with no outs when sophomore Seth Thompson smoked a ground ball into right field for a two run triple. The Raiders scored their fifth run of the inning when Seth Thompson scored on a throw down to second to give the Raiders an early 5-0 lead. 

       Senior Gustavous commit Tyler Hughes started on the mound for the Raiders for the first game, going five and a third allowing only two earned runs. John Marshall scored an unearned run in the third when Tyrell Cain scored on a Jake Eschen error. The two earned runs the Rockets scored in the game came in the fourth. Mason Konz scored on a base hit, and Ethan Loos scoring on a balk. 

       The Raiders bats continued the scoring with Spencer Mellgren stealing home on a pickle started by a pick off to Kam Kaiser on first. The Raiders added two more runs to their total in the fourth with Spencer Mellgren knocking in courtesy runner Gavin Novatney on a sac fly. The Raiders scored again when Austin Keop knocked in Jake Geiger on a ground ball single. The Raiders scored their last run of the game in the fifth when Charlie Monaghan knocked in Tyler Hughes on a hard ground ball to right field. 

       Hughes ended his day after five and a third with eight strikeouts and only one walk. Junior Tegan Mellgren came in relief to pitch, going one and two thirds with two strikeouts. The Raiders scored nine runs off twelve hits and four Rockets errors. John Marshall scored three off seven hits and three Raiders errors. After the Raiders 9-3 win there was a twenty minute break between the two games in the double header.