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ONE WIN SHORT? Raiders teetering on playoff brink after six-game split

Posted 5/13/14

Last week started off great for the Middletown baseball team, as the Blue Raiders routed Milton Hershey and Harrisburg – twice – to win their seventh, eighth and ninth games of the season.Photo by Jodi Ocker - Middletown’s Nathan Ocker (10) …

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ONE WIN SHORT? Raiders teetering on playoff brink after six-game split

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Last week started off great for the Middletown baseball team, as the Blue Raiders routed Milton Hershey and Harrisburg – twice – to win their seventh, eighth and ninth games of the season.tinyslide5 14 14Photo by Jodi Ocker - Middletown’s Nathan Ocker (10) slides into home plate as the Spartans’ catcher awaits a throw.

 

But everything went downhill from there. The Raiders lost to Lower Dauphin on Thursday, May 8 and a then dropped a pair of games at Greencastle-Antrim on Saturday, May 10.  The losses nearly sealed the fate of the Raiders, who needed at least one more victory to have a shot at qualifying for District 3 postseason playoffs.

 

Heading into the fateful three-game stretch, the Raiders sat in the final qualifying spot in the District 3 Class AAA power rankings with a 9-8 record – and faced strong odds against them. Lower Dauphin, a team that had already locked up the Keystone Division title in the Mid-Penn Conference, was ranked as the No. 2 team in the AAAA power rankings, and Greencastle-Antrim, winners of the Colonial Division, was rated as the No. 3 team in AAA. As it turned out, both teams justified those rankings in dealing the crushing setbacks to the Middletown squad.  

 

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