By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
May 15, 2013 —
The East Carter baseball team, hot off a win over 16th Region defending champion Ashland, hosted the Belfry Pirates on senior day. The Raiders’ eight seniors were recognized before the contest and all got on the field in their last home game of the season.
But the Pirates came out and spoiled their day as they cooled off the Raiders with a 10-7 victory.
The Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Belfry on four hits, including a two RBI single by senior Cole Boggs. Fellow senior Derek Keller hit a double to send home Boggs.
“We hit the ball pretty well,” Boggs said. “If we make plays, the outcome is probably different. We just had too many mental mistakes.”
Belfry, however, kept chipping away at the lead scoring a run in the top of the second and scored two runs in the third to tie things up.
Keller put the Raiders back in front on a sacrifice fly that scored Cody McDavid to put East up 4-3 after three innings.
But the fourth inning proved costly for East Carter as they plated five runs on four hits.
Belfry added some insurance in the sixth inning after a Raider error scored two runs.
“It was just a couple of balls here and there and a few mistakes, it was the difference in the ballgame,” Manager Jeremiah Shearer said. “We had a decent day at the plate, pitchers threw strikes. We just didn’t make enough plays in the field.”
In the bottom of the seventh, East Carter began to rally. After Conner Staton drew a leadoff walk and an Austin Wells single, McDavid hit an RBI single to bring East within five runs. Boggs completed a three-hit day with a single to left that scored a run. A fielder’s choice scored another run to bring East within three runs but they could not convert.
The Raiders senior class compiled a record of 104-56 in their time in a Raider uniform including five straight 62nd District Championships and a trip to the state tournament in 2009.
“They’re good kids and they’ve put a lot of time in and they’re dedicated and earned the right to start,” Shearer said. “They didn’t play bad. We had several kids out of position so it was just an adjustment. They did OK.”
“It’s been a great five years of my life,” Boggs said. “I don’t know what I’d do without baseball. I’m ready to go on to college and hopefully play more.”
East defeated Fleming County 11-2 on Monday and hit the road to Lawrence County on Tuesday. They will finish the regular season Thursday at Boyd County.
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