The Cardinal Ritter Baseball Team opened up their season on Saturday traveling up north to take on the West Lafayette Red Devils. The Raiders were up against a formidable foe as well as howling winds and some slight rain off and on the day. The typical first game mistakes were amplified by the overwhelming gusts of wind that could move the ball up to 60 feet in any direction. However, the Raiders showed their mental fortitude in game one and squeaked out a 6-5 win. Game two started off with an early 2-1 lead for the Red Devils, but the Raiders stayed patient at the plate and came away with an overwhelming 12-4 win.
Game 1 saw the Raiders ace, Luke “The Laser” Shearer take the mound. The cold temperature did not seem to affect Shearer early as he was cruising into the 5th inning only throwing 36 pitches. However, some seeing eye singles from the tornado like breeze and a few errors and Shearer was in for a dog fight. Cardinal Ritter was up 6-1 going into the bottom of the 6th but allowed West Lafayette back into the game in the bottom of the frame giving up 4 runs. The Raiders offense was eager to swing at some bad pitches at the plate and the Red Devils made some great plays in the field but the good guys still managed to outscore their opponents by a run. Shearer had some rocky moments after looking un-hittable, but put up some impressive numbers (even with the defense allowing 4 errors) with a complete game victory and 11 K’s to just 7 hits and 2 earned runs.
In game 1 the Raiders offense was led by sophomore Damien Horton “Hears a Who” going 2-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Joey “Gamer” Gruber went 1-4 with an RBI double, Jake “The Snake” Kluemper was 1-3 with an RBI and Dillon “Rube” Olejnik was 1-2 with an RBI.
Game 2 featured Gruber on the hill and the junior didn’t disappoint as he also had a complete game win. The Raiders struggles in the field were negated by their patience at the plate as they saw a mind blowing 190 pitches. After 3 inning the score was tied at 3 but the Raiders took momentum in the 4th putting up 6 runs and never looking back. Although Cardinal Ritter had 3 errors in the field and numerous wind aided balls, they still came out victorious.
The offense in game 2 was led by Olejnik who went 3-3 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI while also improving his play behind the dish. Sophomore, Jack Henninger was 1-3 with 2 RBI, Jake Allard was 1-4 with 2 RBI, and Shearer also added a hit.
The boys of summer are back in action Tuesday, if the snow melts at Tri-West at 5:30.