Jackets lose opening playoff series in 3 games

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 It was a tale of whose bats were hotter as the Mineola Yellowjackets baseball team lost their opening round playoff series in three games against the Sunnyvale Raiders last weekend.

 On Saturday the teams played a double header.

 In the final of the three-game series, the Jackets just couldn’t muster up enough offense as they lost 8-1 after giving up a six-run fifth inning. Prior to the fifth inning the Jackets were down 1-0 after the Raiders scored a run in the first inning. While the Jackets got nine hits in the game, they regularly left base runners stranded without scoring.

 At the plate for Mineola Cole Castleberry and River Simonek led the Jackets with two hits each. Cody Ford, Cameron Wise, Jonah Fischer, Bailey Mischnick and Dalton Rodgers had a hit apiece.

 Rodgers pitched 4 and 1/3 inning as he gave up five hits and seven runs while allowing a walk and one strikeout.

 In the first game Saturday both offenses were at a stalemate until the third inning when the Jackets scored two runs. Mineola’s pitching and defense were stellar in this game as they continued to make things tough on their opposition. The Jackets then added three insurance runs, one in the fifth, a run in the sixth and on more in the seventh inning as they won 5-0.

 At the plate Simonek and Fischer led the Jackets with two hits each, Rodgers had a team-high three walks, Wise, Fischer and Connor Dobbs each added an RBI. Castleberry pitched 6 and 2/3 innings as he allowed three hits, while striking out five batters and allowing two walks.

In Wednesday’s first game match-up in Mineola, Sunnyvale got off to a hot start taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Raiders then added another run in the third inning extending their lead to 3-0. The Jackets inched close in the bottom of the third when they scored a run cutting the lead to two.

However the Jackets could not get another score on the board the rest of the game as they went scoreless the final four innings. Sunnyvale scored another insurance run in the seventh inning as they took the 4-1 win.

For Mineola Castleberry, Wise, Cody Ford and Fischer each had hits. Simonek had an RBI that drove in Dobbs for Mineola’s only score of the night.

Ford pitched all seven innings allowing seven hits, four runs, and a walk as he struck out four batters. Ford also threw 20 first-pitch strikes in the game.

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