Blue Raiders gain ground with win at Moravia

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The Trumansburg Blue Raiders baseball team found a second wind as it scored nine over the final two innings to pick up a second IAC Division II win over the Moravia Blue Devils last Thursday after starting the season 0-3.


In the second meeting in seven days between the two sides, Trumansburg entered the game looking to climb back into the Division II race with Edison and Lansing atop the standings. Moravia entered the contest searching for its first win and revenge for the 19-6 loss to Trumansburg in the previous meeting.


As with tradition, the early spring weather played its part in making the game a tale of up and down innings, providing sunshine, rain, wind, and calm skies, rotating throughout the game.


Amidst the intermitten rain in the first inning, Trumansburg wasted little time getting the bats into full swing. Despite Moravia’s Gavin Stayton opening the game with a strikeout and a ground out, the pitcher let Trumansburg’s Liam Reynolds slip away on four balls, giving the Blue Raiders their first baserunner. A pair of back-to-back singles from Jack Lincoln and Lucas Taves opened the scoring, giving Trumansburg a 1-0 lead.


The third out of the inning would not come soon enough for Moravia, as an error at third base allowed Hudson Williamson to reach the base safely, growing the lead to 2-0.


Lincoln, having just seen his team take the early lead, went to work on the mound for the Blue Raiders in the bottom of the first, starting the half-inning off by catching Hunter Purdy looking at a called strike three.


The next batter showed promise for Moravia, as Lincoln could not prevail over his opposing pitcher, Stayton, walking him for Moravia’s first runner of the game.


Stayton found himself in scoring position after the Trumansburg battery had a pair of mishandled pitches, but third base is as far as Stayton would get, being stranded after Lincoln recorded a strikeout and a groundout to end the first inning.


Riding high on the two-run first inning, Trumansburg kept the momentum going with a leadoff single from Dylan Higgins. Two batters later, Kameron Lincoln reached on an error, being moved further along the base path by a Reynolds RBI double. Reynolds would come around to score on the eventual single by Taves and would take a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the second.
Moravia, searching for an answer in the second, put up two singles in the inning, before Lincoln battled back to two final outs after a throw-out of AJ Lawton off of first base.


Stayton, having been rocked the first two innings, settled in for the third inning, taking advantage of his second time through the bottom third of the lineups, picking up outs from the seventh and eighth hitters before ending the inning with a strikeout, two batters later.


Lincoln would go to work, again for Trumansburg, picking up three straight outs after allowing a leadoff baserunner for Moravia.


The strong, second wind for the Moravia pitcher continued as Stayton shutdown the Trumansburg lineup over the next two innings giving up two singles, picking up a strikeout, and kept them scoreless.


In the fourth inning, Trumansburg would bring Kameron Lincoln into the game in relief, allowing a pair of singles and an out, through the first three batters. Lincoln got out of the inning after striking out the final pair of batters.
The fifth inning did not go as smoothly for Lincoln. He had a string of hits and an error by the defense, surrendering a pair of runs to Stayton and Nick Johnson, closing the score to 5-2.


Needing a relief for Stayton in the sixth inning, Moravia turned to lefty Nik Smith to keep the game close. Trumansburg had a different plan in mind, as the bats came to life, using well-timed hits, coupled with errors and walks, to score six consecutive runs. Two more runs would cross the plate in the sixth when Ethan Peck and Higgins both scored before the end of the inning, taking the score to 13-2.


To close out the game, the Blue Raiders turned to Tanner Potter, who came in for the final inning and two-thirds, giving up just one hit and striking out two.
Trumansburg would score one more run in the seventh when Bradley Addicott came around to score after two singles and a fielder’s choice.


The final score read 14-2, as Trumansburg picked up its second win of the season. The offense took advantage of Stayton, who took the loss, and the stellar start from Jack Lincoln, credited with the win, gave the Blue Raiders the defensive cushion they needed.

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