Raiders are third at Chanute Tourney


The Osawatomie Raiders couldn’t quite get on a winning streak at they played in the Chanute tournament over the Independence Day Holiday, coming away with a 2-2 record, and a third place finish. The Raiders opened with a hard fought 5-4 loss to Fort Scott, then defeated Iola 6-2 before losing another close game to Chanute by a 14-11 count. The Raiders finished the tournament by defeating Burlington 9-4 for third place.

Fort Scott comes from behind to take 5-4 win

DSC0069 The Raiders started out well at Chanute, holding a 4-3 lead on Fort Scott in the opening game of the tournament after five complete innings of play. But the Raiders couldn’t hold on as Fort Scott pushed across two runs in the seventh inning to take the opening game by a 5-4 count.

Neither team had much offense in this game, as the Raiders were the first team to score, pushing across a single run in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Drew Needham led off the inning by reaching safely on an error, and came around to score after a single by Spencer Booe and a sacrifice bunt by Travis Marsh, but that was all the damage the Raiders could do in the inning.

Both teams broke through with three runs in the fifth inning, leaving the Raiders with a 4-3 advantage heading into the sixth frame. In the fifth, Cody McNutt led off with a walk before Drew Needham reached on an error. Booe grounded out and Marsh reached safely before Daine Needham and Chance Sinclair ended the inning with strike outs. McNutt, Needham and Marsh all scored for the Raiders in the inning.

The Raiders did get a runner to second base in the sixth inning, but could not score before Fort Scott was able to push across two runs in the seventh for the victory.

Raiders down Iola 6-2 in second game

The Raiders used a five run fifth inning to break open a 1-1 game against Iola to even their tournament record at 1-1 as they won the second game 6-2.

After Iola had opened a 1-0 lead in the third inning, the Raiders came back with a single run in the fourth and five more in the fifth to take the victory. In the fourth, Booe lead off with a single to left and scored on a one out double by Daine Needham, knotting the score at 1-1.

The Raiders blew the game open in the fifth as they sent eight batters to the plate, scoring five runs on two hits, an error, a walk and a hit batter. With one out McNutt walked, followed by a Mitch Talley single. Drew Needham reached on an error to load the bases before Booe gave the Raiders the lead on a sacrifice fly to left for the second out of the inning. Daine Needham supplied the big hit of the game, crushing a home run on a full count, which gave the Raiders their four run victory.

Chanute gets best of Raiders in game three 14-11

The Raiders let Chanute put a five run fourth inning together in game three, breaking open a 6-6 tie on their way to a 14-11 victory over Osawatomie in the third game of the tournament.

Chanute opened the game with two runs in the first and four in the second to open a 6-1 lead before the Raiders came back with five runs in the third to knot the game at six runs each.

Booe led off the game with a walk and scored to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead. Osawatomie came roaring back in the third to tie the score after Chanute had grabbed a 6-1 lead after two innings of play. In the third Drew Needham was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. The Raiders then got four straight hits, as Booe singled to drive in Needham, Marsh singled and scored on a double by Daine Needham. Marsh and Needham scored on a double by Austin Porter, who also came around to score, making the score 6-6.

A five run fourth inning gave Chanute an 11-6 lead before the Raiders scored two in the fifth to make the score 11-8. Porter led off with a single and Riley Divine reached on an error. Both runners came around to score in the inning. Chanute added a single run in the fifth to up the advantage to four at 12-8, and scored two more runs in the sixth to make the score 14-8.

The Raiders added a single tally in the sixth on a solo home run by Porter and scored two runs in the top of the seventh to make the final 14-11. In the seventh, the Raiders got a one out double from McNutt before Talley reached on an error. Both runners were eventually score to give the Raiders their 11 runs on the game.

Raiders close with 9-4 victory over Burlington

In the final game of the tournament, the Raiders were good at the start and good at the end, scoring four runs in the first and four more in the sixth to take a 9-4 victory over Burlington for third place.

In the first, Booe led off with a walk, followed by singles by Daine Needham and Chance Sinclair. Booe scored on the Sinclair single and Needham came around to score on a double by Riley Divine. With two out, Jones walked before McNutt singled, driving in Divine and Marsh singled driving in Jones and giving the Raiders a 4-0 lead.

Burlington scored two runs in the bottom of the first to cut the Raider lead to 4-2 and added a single run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 4-3 before the Raiders scored a single run in the top of the fifth to move out to a 5-3 lead.

In the fifth, Osawatomie got a two out single from Divine who scored on a triple by Jones. Burlington again trimmed the Raider lead to one with a run in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 5-4, but Osawatomie responded with four more runs in the top of the sixth to seal the game.

In the sixth, Marsh led off with a walk and scored on a passed ball with Drew Needam at the plate. Needham singled to left and stole second before Booe walked. Booe scored on a two out single by Sinclair and he scored as Porter end the Raider scoring with a home run, giving Osawatomie the 9-4 victory.