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BASEBALL: Raiders beat Big Spring, 5-3 in season debut

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By the start of this current week, the Middletown baseball team had played just one game while four others had been postponed due to the lack of cooperation from Mother Nature. But that one game turned out to be a good start.

The Blue Raiders returned from a road trip to Newville on Tuesday, March 24 with a 5-3 victory over Big Spring.  

After working their way to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the third and fourth innings, the Raiders (1-0) scored one in the sixth and two more in the seventh to earn the win. The clutch runs came after Big Spring had tied the score in the bottom of the fifth.

Nathan Ocker picked up the pitching victory and Zack Sims earned the save in the spring debuts of both senior hurlers.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:53

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SOFTBALL: Raider bats pummel Hershey, 18-10

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Wet, cold, snowy. Spring practice for the Middletown softball team might as well have been renamed "winter'' practice.

Bad weather and a sloppy field forced the Blue Raiders to practice on a paved parking lot at Middletown Area High School.

When the Raiders traveled to Hershey for their first game of the season on Monday, March 23, it marked the first time Middletown had played on an honest-to-goodness grass field.

The Raiders pounded out 19 hits to beat Hershey, 18-10 in their season opener.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:47

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BOYS' TENNIS: Raiders hold off James Buchanan, blitz Harrisburg Academy

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Middletown defeated James Buchanan, 3-2 on Monday March 23 and Harrisburg Academy, 5-0 on Thursday, March 26 to improve its winning streak to three matches.

The Blue Raiders' No. 1, 2 and 3 singles players – Harry Kapenstein, Eric Belles and Matt Anthony, respectively – are each 6-1 for the season and all are looking very strong.

Middletown improved to 5-2 (3-2 in the Colonial Division of the Mid-Penn Conference) and currently sit in third place in the division behind undefeated Palmyra and once-beaten East Pennsboro.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:41

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HIGH SCHOOL TRACK: Bennett wins shot put in Raiders' track debut

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Middletown's Rowan Sessa, center, flies over the hurdles against Bishop McDevitt in this image captured by photographer Bill Darrah.

 

Middletown's Brianna Bennett won the shot put in a 112-38 loss to Bishop McDevitt in girls' track and field on Tuesday, March 24 in Middletown.

Bennett won with a throw of 36 feet, 3 inches.

The Middletown boys' track and field team fell to the Crusaders, 118-32.

It was the season opener for both teams.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:38

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Middletown bowler 15th in state high school championships

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Plagued by splits early, Middletown Area High School bowler Eric Belles rebounded with a 268 game and finished 15th among 24 boys in the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championships on Friday, March 20 at 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata.

The Elizabethtown girls' bowling team finished second in the team competition, falling to Pennsbury in the championships match, two games to one. Elizabethtown won the state title last season.

Belles, only the second Middletown bowler to reach the state championships, qualified for a shot at the state boys' title after finishing second in the Eastern Regional Bowling Championships in early March. Teammate Cole Kautz was the first Middletown bowler to compete in the championships, reaching the finals last year.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:56

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