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Blue Ridge Raiders win PIAA District 2 ‘AA’ Baseball Championship

By Tyler Hillard/Sports Editor

On Memorial Day, the Blue Ridge Raiders defeated the Holy Cross Crusaders 5-4 in the PIAA District 2 ‘AA’ Championship at PNC Field.

In the third inning, Jeff Zawiski’s hit-by-pitch set up Adam Roe’s Double to the warning track which easily scored Zawiski from first. Later in the inning, Kaleb Folk singled up the middle scoring in Roe from second to tack on another run for the Raiders to go up 2-0.

Later in the game the Raiders scored two more with hits from Josh Decker and Ben Gudykunst. Holy Cross decided to make a pitching change and put in their first-baseman Tommy Rohan. Coleman McCain laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners and after a Zawiski hit-by-pitch, Roe delivered again by hitting an RBI fielders choice. Josh Goff then hit an RBI single to put the Raiders up 4-0 in the fourth inning.

All the momentum was on the Raiders side until the Crusaders rallied to score four runs to tie the game in the fifth inning. Holy Cross managed to rock four consecutive hits off of starting pitcher Ben Burchell. Josh Goff came in to relieve Burchell and managed to get out of the inning tied.

It was in the top of the seventh when the Raiders would be able to score the game-winning run. Ben Gudykunst led off with a bunt single down the third baseline. McCain then grounded-out which allowed Gudykunst to advance to second. Runner in scoring position none other than Adam Roe hit a singe just far enough over the shortstop to score the speedy Gudykunst.

Goff then secured the final three outs making the Blue Ridge Raiders District champs for the first time since 2015. The Raiders play their first state game versus South Williamsport June 3rd at Bowman Field at 4:00pm

view full game stats and pictures below

PIAA District 2 ‘AA’ Championship Game Stats

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Blue Ridge00220105
Holy Cross High School
Rohan, T 1B3001
Straka, A 2B2020
Rossi, J C3000
Mozeleski, T SS3000
Walsh, C 3B3000
Evans, R DH3110
Walker, J P0000
Fick, J RF3121
Norella, A LF3111
O’Connor, L CF3110
Holy Cross High School
Walker, J364402
Rohan, T331100
Blue Ridge High School
McCain, C 2B3000
Zawiski, J 3B2110
Roe, A C4123
Goff, J RF3011
Folk, K CF3021
Hillard, T 3B3000
Koehler, C DH3000
Burchell, B P0000
Gudykunst, T LF2100
Decker, J PH1010
Gudykunst, B 1B2220
Blue Ridge High School
Burchell, B464403
Goff, J310012





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Tyler Hillard
Tyler Hillard
Tyler Hillard is a senior in his second year of journalism. Tyler is also a three-sport varsity athlete competing in baseball, basketball and golf. Besides a constant life of sports he is an avid outdoors-men and loves debating politics.
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