• James Townsend

Raider Baseball fights hard but falls to Lowell and Okemos

On Thursday, the Portland Raider baseball team was originally scheduled to play Williamston, but the Hornets had to back out of the game sue to COVID implications at Williamston. The Raiders were able to schedule a double header with Lowell as a replacement.

Game 1: Lowell 13 – Portland 7

Portland senior Grant Ruddy went three for three at the plate and had one RBI. Trent Trierweiler hit a grand slam for the Raiders. Hunter Morris and Jorgen Sonday also had hits for Portland. Ruddy, Trevor Williams and Cade Vallier split pitching responsibilities for Portland and combined for three strikeouts.

Game 2: Lowell 4 – Portland 0

Despite outhitting Lowell 8-7, the Raiders were not able to get any runs offensively. Vallier led Portland batting going two out of three. Ruddy, Alex Russman, Hunter Morris, Sonday, Marc Nobis, and Brady Bush each had one hit for Portland. Morris pitched six innings striking out five Lowell batters. Williams pitched one inning striking out two.

On Saturday, Portland was scheduled to host a four-team tournament for the Spring Sports Carnival with Laingsburg, Waverly and Williamston, but COVID threw a few more monkey wrenches into that plan. Instead, the Raiders ended up having a double header with Okemos.

Game 1: Okemos 10 – Portland 4

Russman, Sonday and Morris each had one hit and one RBI for Portland. Reese Townsend, Bush and Vallier also had hits for the Raiders. Trierweiler had one RBI on a sacrifice. Bush pitched three and 1/3 innings, striking out two. Trierweiler threw three and 2/3 thirds innings striking out three.

Game 2: Okemos 9 – Portland 6

After scoring three runs in the top of the sixth, Portland had a 6-5 lead over the Chiefs. Unfortunately, the powerful Okemos offense was able to score four runs in the bottom of the sixth, and picked up a victory for Okemos. Williams led Portland with two hits and one RBI. Townsend also had two hits. Russman, Ruddy, Morris, Sonday and Bush each had one hit for Portland. On the mound Nobis pitched five innings striking out seven, and Trierweiler pitched one inning.

The Raiders are now four and nine on the season. They are scheduled to host Sexton on Tuesday, travel to St. Johns on Thursday, and competed in a tournament at Lakewood on Saturday.

To see more images from the Portland baseball games against Lowell and Okemos, check out our photo album on the Portland Beacon Facebook page.

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