Raiders’ baseball drops one, ties


A tight pitcher’s duel ends in a 3-3 tie after Amite Center rallies with three runs Tuesday to tie Oak Hill Academy in a spring break match up in Jackson. It was the second game of the day for the Raiders, who took an early 2-0 lead and then watched as Ethel scored eight straight for an 8-2 victory in the first game.

Against Amite, Parker Thompson went the distance for the Raiders, scattering six hits while walking one and striking out two. Oak Hill backed him with just one error.

The Raiders managed six hits and pushed across single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to take a 3-0 lead before Amite rallied in the bottom of the fifth.

Oak Hill scored in the third when Jaden Craven walked to lead off and went to second on a Collin Coggins’ ground out. Manning Huffman double to left field to score Craven, but the Raiders could do no more damage.

In the fourth, Ethan Bryan smacked a lead-off double to right but later is thrown out at the plate on a hard infield single by Bradley Jones, who ends up at third no the play. After Robert Thompson is hit by a pitch, Jones scored on Jonah Caskey’s infield grounder.

In the fifth, Dale Buchanan produced a one-out double to left, went to third on Cameron Dill’s infield grounder, and scored on a passed ball.Bryan and Jones later singled in the inning but the Raiders could capitalize.

Until the fifth-inning outburst, Amite’s only threat against Parker came in the second when two singles and an error loaded the bases with one put. But Parker struck out a batter on a 2-2 count and then induced a ground out to Jonah Caskey at shortstop to end the threat.

Bryan and Jones had two hits each for the Raiders.

In the game against Ethel, Buchanan walked with one out in the first, Caskey was hit by a pitch, Bryan singled to right to score Buchanan , and Cameron Dill produced an infield RBI grounder to score Caskey for a 2-0 lead.

But that was all the damage the Raiders could muster as two Ethel pitchers scattered four hits, walked two and struck out four. Ethel also made no errors. Oak Hill made three miscues, leading to three unearned runs.

Ethel tied the game with two in second and jumped to a 6-2 lead with four in the fourth.