Raptor Report – MC Baseball v Hagerstown Highlights


The MC Raptors had a tall order on their hands
Tuesday when they played the Hagerstown Hawks. The Hawks came in sporting a gaudy 29-10 record
overall, good for second place in MDJUCO. While the Raptors, who’ve been scuffling a
bit, started the day 18-16 overall and in 8th place in MDJUCO. And Raptors Head Coach Dan Rascher had also
decided that he was going to use this game as an opportunity to give at least three of
his pitchers some much needed work, he told me before the game that their plan was to
have three guys pitch three innings each, if possible. So Jamil Canaan was on the hill, he came in
with a 3-2 record but he promptly got into first inning trouble when he walked the lead-off
man and gave up a single to the number two hitter, putting runners at first and third
with no outs. Canaan then promptly picked the runner off
first, but that allowed the lead runner to score. But then Canaan retired the next two Hawks
to limit the damage. Hagerstown went with Kelly Daniels, he came
in at 4-2 on the season and quickly set the Raptors down in the first. Hagerstown was right back at it in the second,
loading the bases with just one out. But then the big fella induced the pitcher’s
best friend, a double play ball to wriggle off the hook. MC got on the board in the second. With one out Cole Wykoff lined a single to
right. And then with two down Daniels left a fast
ball up in the zone and Jordan Cissel took it to straight away center field to put MC
on top 2-1. But Hagerstown came right back in the third,
Shinjin Shoop led off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored when
the very next pitch also hit the dirt and got away. But Canaan bore down and finished the inning
unscathed. It stayed that way until the home half of
the fifth. Canaan who moved to third base when Cissel
came in to pitch in the fourth, led off with a single to left and with two outs moved to
second on a pass ball. Then with two out and two strikes, Aaron Brooks
beat out a bouncer to third to keep the inning alive. And then Greg Brown made the Hawks pay, taking
a breaking ball that didn’t break to deepest right center field for a three run shot to
put MC up 5-2. Hagerstown came right back in the sixth to
pick up a run and would have had more but for Aaron Brooks. With two on and two out, Hunter Martin grounded
a single into left, Brooks charged and fired a strike to Wykoff who made the tag for the
third out. The Raptors went back to work in the bottom
of the seventh. With one out Darren Prebble laced a single
to left. Naja Garcia then laid down a sacrifice bunt,
but Daniels misplayed it to put two on. And then defensive hero Brooks turned on a
lazy curve and sent it to deep left. The Hawks’ Martin got his glove on it, but
when he hit the fence, out popped the ball for a three run homer to put MC comfortably
in the lead 8-3. And then the Raptors sewed this one up in
the bottom of the eighth, when they loaded the bases with one out. A walk to Brooks forced in a run and then
with two outs Brock Antognoni cleared the bases with a double to right. The Raptors third straight win was one of
their best of the season and with the playoffs right around the corner, a win like this tells
me this team may be getting it together at just the right time. For the Raptor Report, I’m Michael Brown

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