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Young Raiders can't avoid rough outing

By Anthony Rhoads

For a young Riverdale Raiders baseball team, it's been a situation where many of players have had to learn on the job and that inexperience showed Wednesday in a 13-3 loss to McIntosh.

The Raiders didn't commit any errors but made some costly base-running mistakes.

In the second inning, Daniel Darden led off with a walk but was picked off at first base. Riverdale managed to load the bases but McIntosh turned a double play by getting two Riverdale Raiders caught in rundowns.

"We've got a lot of young guys," Riverdale head coach Brian Paige said. "We're real young and they're learning as they go. We made so many mental mistakes. We've played some of the best teams in the state but we're giving them away because of the mental mistakes. When we put everything together, we can beat anybody."

McIntosh (9-4 overall, 3-2 in Region 4-AAAAA) got off to a 4-0 start in the first inning.

Riverdale's D.J. Askew led off the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to make the score 4-1.

Riverdale had the bases loaded in the fourth inning but two consecutive runners were forced out at home after grounders. Riverdale managed to scrounge up one run when Ricardo Merriweather scored on an error to make the score 5-2.

McIntosh scored eight runs in the fifth inning to take a 13-2 lead.

Alex Johnson led off the bottom of the fifth with a base hit and was moved over to third by Mike Flen single.

Johnson scored when Arnold Oakman collected a sacrifice fly to right field.

Even though McIntosh didn't have many problems swinging the bat Wednesday with 12 hits, the Chiefs had less than stellar defensive play. McIntosh committed four errors, including two in the fourth inning.

Riverdale drops to 5-9 overall and 2-4 in Region 4-AAAAA and gets back into action Monday for a region contest at Fayette County. Fayette County (10-6, 3-3) is currently in fourth place in the region standings.

Riverdale returns home next Wednesday against Newnan (10-4, 4-1) in a Region 4-AAAAA game. Newnan is second in the region standings.