East Carter baseball is relying on warm bats this season.
After five games not including the win over Tolsia, the Raiders have a .342 batting average while accumulating 41 hits and 44 runs.
The Raiders are 3-4 at the end of their second week of regular season. They highlighted their season opener with a 14-0 win before falling to Russell 11-0. The Raiders went 1-1 in the Big Jack Classic, picked up a win over district opponent Elliott County, fell in the seventh inning against Raceland and lost their first game against a tough Campbellsville team in their first game in South Carolina.
The Raiders have six seniors, Noah Caudill, Matthew Holmes, Caden McDavid, Trey Scott, Maxwell Shelton and Lucas Young.
Sophomore Trevor Cline leads the team with nine hits. He has .474 batting average, eight RBIs and six runs in five games. He has hit three doubles and one triple. His triple for two RBIs in the loss to Raceland was part of a six-run inning that put them ahead 9-4 over the Rams in the third. Cline is returning this season having led the Raiders in hits with 21 hits. He also returns with the best batting average of .356.
Cline and McDavid have each hit three doubles so far. McDavid hit five doubles last season. He had a .203 batting average, 12 hits and 12 RBIs.
Young returns as the Raiders’ power hitter. He led the team in RBIs last season. He had a .311 batting average, 18 RBIs and 19 hits with seven doubles and a homerun.
Young is off to a great start. Having only played in two game prior to last weekend’s game, he was four-for-five at the plate. He hit a double and a homerun in last week’s game against Raceland.
Trey Scott and Noah Caudill maintained a .500 batting average through five games. Scott was four-for-eight and Caudill went 5-for 10. Scott has hit a pair of triples and Caudill hit a couple of doubles. Last season, Caudill had a .250 batting average and Scott had a .286 batting average. They each had 16 hits.
Donovan Damron also returns having 16 hits last season and a .302 batting average. He has gone 5-for-13 at the plate and has five RBIs this season.
Although the bats have been warm, the Raiders’ pitching still needs to find some heat. Last season, the Raiders rotated through 16 pitchers.
McDavid returns as the Raiders’ best pitcher. He struck out 39 batters in 29.2 innings pitched. He had an ERA 3.78. The Raiders hope to improve on last season’s 5.80 team ERA.
They also want to improve upon a 9-23 record and repeat as 62nd District champs.
The Raiders are in South Carolina this week as part of the Cal Ripken Experience. They will play three more games before returning home. They kick off next week’s games at Magoffin County. The Raiders have already beat Magoffin 13-0 this season.