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Raiders break first-round curse

THE OUTLOOK: PARKER LEE - The Raiders Caleb Nutting puts the tag on a Tualatin runner at second base.

First-round playoff

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Qualifying for the playoffs hasn’t been much of an issue for the Reynolds baseball team in recent years. The Raiders have been a staple in the state tournament for the better part of a decade.

However, getting out of the first round has been a different story, a fact not lost on this year’s Raiders. They were determined to flip that script, and on Monday, they made it a reality.

Led by a stellar effort by junior ace Garrett Fernandes, No. 15 Reynolds blanked No. 18 Tualatin, 4-0, to snap a six-game first-round losing streak.

“Gutsy performance by Garrett. He just put everything out there that he had. He battled and fought. He did a good job keeping them off balance,” Reynolds coach Kyle Swoboda said. “For a kid to come out in his first playoff start and throw up a goose egg is a phenomenal thing.”

Fernandes tossed six shutout innings, scattering four hits. He found success by keeping his fastball and curveball down in the zone. The Timberwolves hit the ball in the air just four times in the six innings against him. Everything else was a strikeout, walk or ground ball.

The bracket was not very favorable for the Raiders in the second round, which ended in a 10-1 loss to No. 2-ranked Westview.

Look for expanded coverage in our May 27, print edition.

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