Raptors edge Senators
The victory lifted the Raptors to 6-6 and sets up a pivotal game with Watertown (6-4) next Sunday.
“Watertown is in fourth place,” said Raptors coach Doug Welch. “We need a win there and then see what happens down the line.”
The top four teams in the two divisions qualify for the league’s double-elimination tournament.
Raptors’ starter Joe Shere kept the Senators in check, allowing one run on six hits. Shere posted nine strikeouts and issued two walks.
Shere had three of the Raptors’ eight hits, coming through with a 3-for-4 performance.
Francisco Roque doubled home Jim Coulter from first base with the winning run in the eighth inning. Eric Steinke’s RBI single in the first inning gave the Raptors a 1-0 lead.
Shere and Coulter worked a pickoff play at second base to lift the Raptors out of at two-out, bases-loaded situation in the fifth inning for the key defensive play of the game.
“They executed the play to perfection,” Welch said. “It was just two guys that play a lot of baseball and know what to do.’’
RAPTORS 2, SENATORS 1
Madison Senators 000 100 000—1 6 0
Milton Raptors 100 000 010—2 8 1
Christenson and Byrant; Shere and Roque.
Leading hitters—Staudemeyer (S) 4x4; Joe Shere (R) 3x4. Roque (R) 2x4. 2B—Staudemeyer, Roque.
SO—Christenson 5, Shere 9. BB—Christian 2, Shere 2.