NORTHWEST FLORIDA TOPS LBW: Big innings from Raiders sinks Saints

Published 12:05 am Thursday, February 28, 2019

The LBWCC Saints put up a fight, but fell 13-5 to the Northwest Florida State College Raiders on Wednesday in Andalusia.
Northwest Florida State used an error and then back-to-back doubles to open up an early 2-0 lead.
The Raiders then tacked on two more singles to push their lead up to 3-0 after a half inning of play.
In the bottom of the first, the Saints put the bat on the ball, but the Raiders were able to retire the side in order.
C Griffin got the first man to grround out in the the top of the second inning and then picked up a strike out for the second out.
After walking one batter and hitting the next, Griffin struck out the next batter for the final out of the inning.
The Saints got their first hit of the game when Bryson Gandy started off the bottom of the second with a double down the right field line.
Reid Whitaker moved Gandy to third with a one-out sacrifice, but the Saints were unable to bring him in to score.
In the top of the third inning, the Raiders added two runs to go up 5-0.
The Saints got their second hit of the game with a single from Jesse Hall with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Trevor Shelton moved Hall to second with a single and then Hall came around to score the first LBW run off of an error.
The Raiders added four runs in the top of the sixth inning to go up 9-1.
LBWCC answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning off of the bat of Shelton.
Not willing to go down without a fight, the Saints continued to battle into the late innings despite trailing 10-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth.
Hall singled to start the bottom of the eighth and then Gandy drew a four-pitch walk.
Shelton made it sting as he ripped a 3-0 fastball over the fence in the left field for a 3-run home run.
The Saints picked up a couple more two-out base hits, but couldn’t bring another run around to score.
The Raiders hit back with three runs in the top of the ninth inning and then held the Saints scoreless in the bottom of the ninth inning to come away with a 13-5 victory.