Raiders determined to have winning season

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

Raider baseball players take a break from rigorous practice.    Photo by Marisa Caban

Raider baseball players take a break from rigorous practice. Photo by Marisa Caban

The men’s baseball team is in the middle of the 2013 spring season. The Raiders have played nineteen of their games with a record of ten wins and nine loses. The season has proved challenging, but the team is confident the stats will continue to improve.

At the last faceoff against Hutchinson County, the final score of 0-7 did not accurately reflect the team’s ability and hard work. Raider Pitcher Chris Joiner led the stats with seventeen first pitch strikes and five strikeouts. The sophomore from Woodbridge, VA played a total of five innings.

The double-header, March 12, against Seward County proved the team has what it takes to win. They dominated both games, which ended in final scores of 6-1 and 9-4. “We are really starting to play better now,” Head Coach Coty Cooper said.

Cooper also announced two commitments from new players for the 2013-2014 season. Landon Eason, an outfielder from Yukon High School, and Jeremy Katz, an infielder from Fairview High School in Boulder Colorado. The team has fifteen sophomores on the roster this year, so more player commitments are expected soon.

Rose State’s Garrett Crain, a sophomore infielder, has signed a commitment with NCAA Division I Texas Christian University.  Crain came from Edmond Santa Fe High School and has played with Rose State for two years.

The next home game is Tuesday, March 26 at 1:00 pm against Carl Albert State College. Admission is free to all students who show their valid student ID at the gate.


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