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Caden McDavid throws a pitch during a game this season. (Photo by Krystal Williams)

East Carter is edged out of the first seed by their rivals at West Carter.

Despite their seeding, the Raiders still have their eyes set on repeating as district champs. Last season, the Raiders entered the postseason in a similar position but ended as district champions beating the Comets, 11-2, when it mattered.

The Raiders and the Comets split games during the regular season. The Raiders took the first game 9-3 before falling 12-0 at West Carter. Both teams were 5-1 in the district.

Caden McDavid took the win, pitching 6.2 innings. He gave up three runs on three runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out 14.

McDavid has been the Raiders’ ace all season. He has pitched 42 innings and thrown 70 strikeouts. He has an ERA of 1.69.

The Raiders’ win was also in part due to a big night at the plate by Ethan Tiller. Tiller hit two homeruns for four RBIs. Tiller has 16 hits and 15 RBIs this season. He has hit three triples and three home runs.

During the Raiders’ win over West, the Raiders scored nine runs on 11 hits. Five of hits were extra base hits. Trevor Cline hit a triple. McDavid and Trey Scott each hit doubles.

Trey Scott has led the Raiders’ offense. He started last week with 26 hits and 16 RBIs. He leads the team with a .510 batting average. He has hit seven doubles and a triple.

During second encounter with the Comets, the Raiders bats lost heat. The Raiders weren’t able to make a connection against West Carter’s ace, Trevor Callahan.

They scored zero runs on three hits. Hits were made by Tiller, Lucas Young and Donovan Damron.

The Raiders will need to heat back up the bats if they wish to win back-to-back championships.

The Raiders will take on Morgan County Saturday, May 18. at West Carter for the first round of the district tournament.

The Raiders beat Morgan County both games during the regular season, 8-4 and 8-3.

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