Connolly, Raiders, 1-hit powerful Marple-Newtown line-up for the Win!
What is 1. That would be the Jeopardy answer to the question: How many hits did the Radnor pitching staff, led by starter Charlie Connolly, give up to the loaded Marple-Newtown line-up?
It was a truly great match-up of Central League pitching titans: Villanova-bound Cameron Mathes for MN, and Connolly, who is taking his talents to Annapolis and the Naval Academy. Both were dealing early and neither gave up a hit until the top of the 4th when Radnor SS Sean Mullarkey ripped a single down the 1st base line. 2B Jack DeShan followed with a rare walk from Mathes. That set-up Will Hoysgaard at-bat with runners at 1st & 2nd. The left-handed hitter went oppo and absolutely laced a line-drive double over the stumbling left-fielder's head to drive in Mullarkey and send DeShan to 3rd. Two batters later LF Andrew Boujoukos got the job done hitting the ball on the ground to the right side to plate DeShan and the eventual game-winning run.
Connolly shut-down any thought of an answer from MN with 2 K's & a ground-out in the top of the 5th. CC ended with 8 K's, 5 BB's, 0 hits, 0 earned runs and the first win of the regular season. A win that came against the 2016 state-semifinalist in 4a no less. On the MN side, Mathes went 5 innings as well with 7 K's, 3 BB's, 3 hits, 2 earned runs and the L.
Steady Junior Pat Lofton took the bump in relief of Connolly in the top of the 6th. Marple tried to mount a rally with a lead-off single. The runner stole second, and an error put runners at 1st & 3rd. After some loud and long shots into foul territory, MN's Luke Cantwell then hit a sac-fly to LF to plate MN's only run. Lofton and the Raiders stunted the rally and worked out of the inning with a pop-up to SS followed by a 4-3 grounder. No more damage.
Will Hoysgaard led off the bottom of the 6th with his second hit of the day, but the Raiders couldn't capitalize and to the 7th inning we went. Hoysgaard was then tapped by 1st year Radnor Head Coach Joe Kerrigan to close out the Central League opener. After opening the at-bat 0-2, Marple's first batter of the inning managed a walk. MN Coach Mark Jordan called for a sac-bunt to move the runner, and it was executed successfully. Hoysgaard struck-out the next hitter. That brought up last year's Central League batting title runner-up: MN's center-fielder Aldan Mathes, with the tying run on third (stolen base) and 2 outs. Hoysgaard coaxed a ground-ball. It was anything but routine, however DeShan made it look easy as he gobbled it up going to his left, and fired an accurate throw to Evan Moore at 1B to end the game and secure a huge win for RABA.
It was an impressive start to the District 1/3A title defense and the Raiders second win in a row over their powerful neighbors to the Southwest. Next up, Harriton comes to Varsity field on Wednesday for a Rams v Raiders Central League tilt. Come out and support RABA!
Late surge propels Radnor to quality 5-4 win over Strath Haven
The main highlight of today's Radnor Varsity Baseball win was a walk-off single from George Hoysgaard that drove home his brother Will and capped a thrilling, exciting 7th inning rally. The big picture headline is what a huge Central League win this is for the Varsity Raiders. But perhaps most of all, this is the type of effort a team can capitalize on. A fellow RABA supporter earlier tweeted: "Channeling some of that 2016 magic, Radnor walks-off scoring 4 in the bottom of the 7th." The 2016 team rode momentum, played for each other and never gave up. Today's effort absolutely captured some of that spirit.
It was a team effort, and all the little things helped; From Conor Rinehart tracking down every ball that was hit anywhere remotely near right-field, to Evan Moore gunning down a would-be base-stealer, launching a seed to McDermott at 3B all the way from foul territory down the right-field fence. It was early in the game, but it potentially saved a run. Also of note; Seamus Kennedy stroked his first hit of the season! Kennedy was on base twice, also coaxing the lone walk from Carey on the day. The Raiders picked each other up, and backed each other up. We even heard a little dugout noise late in the game! They can build on this.
Early on, the story was all about the Raiders trying to figure out Strath Haven's starting pitcher Will Carey, while the Panthers nipped and chipped at Radnor starter Will Hoysgaard. Carey went 6 full with 6 K's, 1 BB, 1 earned run, and scattered 6 hits including a W. Hoysgaard double to RF that plated Mullarkey in the bottom of the third. Opposite Carey, Hoysgaard pounded the strike zone giving up only 5 hits, 1 walk and getting 1 K. Hoysgaard posted 12 first pitch-strikes. Strath Haven was able to string some of those hits together early on and posted 3 runs (2 earned) in the first 4 innings. After 4, it was 3-1 Strath Haven.
Charlie Connolly took the mound for the Raiders in the fifth. He and Carey tallied shutout 5th & 6th innings. Strath Haven was able to post another run in the top of the 7th when the lead-off hitter gained 1B on an infield single. He advanced to 3B on a ground-out and passed-ball. He was able to score on a sac fly to RF. Connolly ended the top-half of the inning by knocking down a come-back line-drive, fielding his position well. Connolly's final line: 3 innings, 3 K's, 2 hits, 0 BB, 1 ER, and the W.
The Raiders headed to the bottom of the 7th, down 4-1, and prepared to face Andrew Robinson who took the mound for the Panthers in relief of Carey. And the comeback began! It started with singles by Conor "Rino" Rinehart and Jack DeShan, who was one of four Raiders with two hits on the day. A McDermott FC put runners at 1st & 3rd, 1 out. SS (which could be "short-stop" or "super-soph") Sean Mullarkey poked his second hit of the day scoring Rinehart. Will Hoysgaard came to bat and dropped a seeing-eye blooper over the third baseman's head for his second hit of the day. It was the kind of hit that goes your way when you're battling, taking quality at-bats, and doing whatever it takes to will your team to win. It's now 4-2, bases loaded. Andrew Boujoukos answered the bell ripping a single between the first and second basemen to drive in McDermott and Mullarkey, tying the score 4-4. Still only 1 out. George Hoysgaard donned the hero's cape and battled through pitches high and low to finally stroke a single to CF to plate the winning run.
It was a good win. It felt good. It was earned, not given. They can build on this.
Radnor pulls to .500 with another comeback win.
The hot bats carried over from the end of the Strath Haven game as the Raiders posted 6 runs in the top of the 7th to beat Chichester 13-12 in non-league action.
A couple of young arms helped hold off the Eagles as the Raiders mounted the comeback. After 4-1 and 7-5 leads, Radnor was down 11-7 after 4 innings. Matt Cohen took the mound halfway through the 4th inning and Nick Camposano pitched the 6th & 7th innings. Combined, the boys yielded only 3 hits and 1 earned run (2 total) while striking out 4 and walking 2. Congrats to Nick C. on his first varsity win!!!
The Raiders were efficient at the dish turning 8 hits and 6 walks into 13 runs. Charlie Connolly (DH) and Nick Scheri led the way with 2 hits apiece. Kudos to Nick S. on his first varsity hits and run scored! George Hoysgaard kept the RBI push going with three more. Other batting highlights: McDermott with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored, DeShan 3 runs scored and 1 RBI, Mullarkey on base 3x with 1 RBI and 1 run scored, and Connor Rinehart with another hit, 2 runs scored and one RBI.
It was a good win with contributions from many as we head into the Easter Break. The next game is at South Ardmore Park on 4/19 vs the upstart Lower Merion Aces. The Aces are 3 and 1 in the Central League as of 4/10. The 3 wins is as many as they had in the last two seasons combined. Come out and support your Raiders!
Varsity stays at .500 with a 1-and-1 week
Last week RABA Varsity beat Lower Merion 4-0 and lost to first-place Garnet Valley 11-6.
Charlie Connolly and Patrick Lofton combined to one-hit Lower Merion on Wednesday 4/19/17. Connolly went 4 & 2/3rd's allowing only 1 hit while striking out 9 and walking 4. Once again, Connolly was darn near dominant. Lofton was just as good going the final 2 & 1/3rd striking out 4 and not allowing a single base-runner.
On offense the Raiders took advantage of some early pitching and fielding struggles from the Aces posting 3 in the first. RABA added another in the 5th on a G. Hoysgaard double and Boujoukos RBI single. George and Andrew are 1,2 in RBI on the season.
It was a good win against a Lower Merion team that's better than recent years. Connolly continued his Central League dominance and is now 3-1 with a 1.58 ERA and 24 K's.
On Thursday afternoon the Raiders hosted a Garnet Valley squad that was 6-0 as they entered Library Field. Jaguars starter Matt Lupoli stymied much of the Radnor line-up over 4 innings allowing only 1 hit and 1 earned run as GV built a 5-2 lead through Lupoli's 4 innings. Radnor tallied 5 hits and 6 runs, much of the damage done just a little too late. 6 errors from Radnor fielders, 6 Jaguar stolen bases and 9 walks from Raiders pitchers gave the Jaguars more chances than they needed. The final was 11-6. GV stays at the top of the Central League at 7-0, while Radnor is in the middle of the pack at 3-4 (4-4 overall).
Connolly delivers another gem in Varsity win over Haverford High School
The Raiders visited Haverford on this beautifully sunny afternoon and escaped with a 1-0 victory thanks in no small part to ace Charley Connolly. Big #7 K'd 10 while allowing only 2 hits in six innings, one of which was a swinging bunt. As has been the case in many of Connolly's wins, Junior Pat Lofton finished the game on the bump yielding only a walk in one inning of work. The Connolly/Lofton show has been quite a hit. Connolly lowered his ERA to 1.18, with 34 K's in 23.2 innings. Lofton's ERA is at 0.78 in 6 appearances. The team ERA is also impressive at 2.87.
It's a good thing the pitching has been good because the Raiders are living dangerously with regards to run production. Radnor sits at 10 of out 12 teams in the Central League in runs scored. Today's lone run came in the 3rd inning when Evan Moore led off with a 2-strike single to LF. Two batters later, Jack DeShan scorched a 2-out double over the left-fielder's head. Moore came around from first to score. Haverford Sophomore Dan Kelleher (7.0 IP) limited Radnor to 5 hits while striking out 6 and walking 2.
In a perennially tough Central League, any win is a good win and this one qualifies as such. The varsity Raiders are now 6th in the league at 4-4 (5-4 overall) with Conestoga (3-6) and Ridley (3-6) up next.
Boujoukos drives in 2 to help top Ridley
It was another tightly fought Central League battle and thanks to two quality at-bats by LF Andrew Boujoukos, the Raiders were able to come out on top 4-3. The first RBI came in the bottom of the 1st inning, while Radnor was taking advantage of some Ridley blunders. With Sean Mullarkey on 3rd (ROE), Boujoukos stroked a hard grounder to the right side to send him home. The score was 2-0 at that point. George Hoysgaard drove in Jack DeShan during the prior at-bat. G. Hoysgaard and Boujoukos share the team RBI lead. Pat McDermott finished the scoring for the inning by hitting a hard grounder/fielder's choice to 2B which scored Will Hoysgaard (ROE). 3-0 after one.
From there, Ridley would chip away, eventually tying the game at 3-3 in the top of the 4th. Starter Will Hoysgaard brought the heat when needed and finished with 8 K's, 5 hits, 4 walks, 3 runs, only 2 of them earned.
A web-gem, in the top of the 3rd, helped Radnor hold on to a 3-2 lead at the time. With one out and runners on second and third, Ridley's Ryan Meyer hit a high fly ball to Connor Rinehart in RF. The ball was hit deep enough for the runner to tag-up. Rinehart properly got behind the ball, made the catch, and fired a cut-off throw to Evan Moore. Moore spun, and fired to G. Hoygaard's glove, positioned just above, and to the right of home plate (from an outfield point-of-view). The runner was nailed and the inning ended on the rare 9-3-2 double play. Meyer subsequently struck out looking to end the game.
The Raiders managed just two hits on the day (Boujoukos & G. Hoysgaard). Most of the run production came from capitalizing on Ridley errors, and timely RBI's. The Raiders got the job done. Ridley starter Tyler Reed yielded just one hit and two walks in 5 innings, with 1 K, 4 runs, 1 earned. Reliever Ryan Adelsburg's line: 1 IP, 1 hit, 0 walks, 1 K.
The second Boujoukos RBI, and winning run, came in the bottom of the sixth. W Hoysgaard coaxed a walk out of Reed. Adelsburg then took the mound. Boujoukos came to the plate with 1 out and W. Hoysgaard on 2B (stolen base). For the third time in the game, he hit a hard ground-ball. This time it went through to center field. As well as Will runs, he scored easily from 2B to take the lead 4-3.
Pat Lofton earned the W as he took the mound in the top of the 6th, and threw quality pitches at the right time. Lofton battled some long at-bats and yielded no hits, while walking 2 and striking out 3 (including the last batter of the game) in 2 innings of work.
The win moves RABA to 5th place in the Central League at 5-4. Radnor visits Marple Newtown tomorrow,and Penncrest Thursday. Both are ahead of Radnor in the Central League and playoff standings so these games present good opportunities to get quality wins. Come out and support the Raiders!
Hahn, Marple bats rule the day, get one back from Radnor
The Tigers of Marple-Newtown won today's game 6-1. MN's Scott Hahn picked up his 5th win of the season pitching a complete game. The Raiders managed six hits (including three doubles) and three walks, but just missed the chances to string them together into runs.
Andrew Boujoukos remained hot at the plate going 2 for 2 + a BB. Will Hoysgaard smoked a double down the first base-line in the top of the first. Sean Mullarkey doubled to RC in the top of the 6th, and due to smart base-running, subsequently scored on a throwing error by MN first baseman Luke Zimmerman. And Evan Moore stroked a one-out LCF double in the top of the fifth, his second hit of the day.
Starting pitcher Moore bore the brunt of the damage by MN's lumber. They came out firing, posting 2 in the bottom of the first. With defensive gems from Seamus Kennedy, George Hoysgaard, and Patrick McDermott, Radnor managed to contain the loaded line-up until the bottom of the fifth when Marple put up 4 more runs. Moore's final line: 5 IP, 6 ER, 6 hits, 3 BB, 1 K.
The loss puts Radnor at 5-5 in the league, 6-5 overall. RABA visits 3rd place Harriton tomorrow - come out and support your Raiders!
Radnor Varsity drops a close one to Springfield
It was the district's #1 playoff seed, vs the #16 seed. In the end, #16 almost walked off.
The Radnor Raiders put up a noble fight on Senior Recognition Night at Library Field. Evan Moore took the start on the bump. Springfield plated a run in the first on two bloop singles and a stolen base. Moore worked the strike zone and trusted his defense. After 5, Radnor yielded just 5 hits, 2 BB's and 2 earned runs. Nick Camposano held Springfield down in 6th (1 H, 1 BB), and Pat Lofton nailed down the 7th (1H).
The defense was very good including web-gem plays from Connor Rinehart and Andrew Boujoukos: Rinehart gunned down a Springfield runner at 2nd, after a bloop single dropped on the right-field foul line and the player tried to take two. Boujoukos made a spectacular catch going back to his right on a ball hit deep toward the left-field foul line. Kudos also to Seamus Kennedy for another solid patrol in CF. The Raiders made 21 put-outs and played error-less ball.
RABA's offensive woes continued, as the team had a hard time getting key hits and building sustained rallies. That said, the sophmores acquitted themselves nicely on the night the club honored their seniors. The team tallied four hits, all by Sean Mullarkey, Jack Lee, George Hoysgaard (2B) and Nick Scheri.
The eventual winning run resulted from a controversial call at the plate in the top of the 3rd: Moore delivered a looping curveball that Jared Morris stepped in front of, over the plate. The umpire ruled HPB. A few batters later, Morris scored on a fielder's choice.
Randor had its chances at the end. With 2 outs, and the bases loaded with Raiders, Will Hoysgaard served up another smooth swing and stroked a two-out drive to left center that was tracked down by the center-fielder. Three feet either way and....well, that's baseball. Springfield wins 2-1.
Special thanks to the Lofton and Nourian families, and everyone else who worked to make Senior Recognition day a special event.
Next Radnor takes on Penncrest at home on Wednesday, and Conestoga at home on Friday. Come out and support your Raiders!