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Verdieck does a bit of everything as Raiders roll past Sandy
Reynolds junior Steven Verdieck started Fridays non-league tilt with Sandy behind the plate with the catchers gear on.
He had no reason to believe he wouldnt be there for the duration, but after just one inning, Reynolds coach Kyle Swoboda told Verdieck to shed the gear and take the mound.
With no time to mentally prepare for an extended outing, he went out and threw five strong innings to lead the Raiders to an 11-6 win. Verdieck also led Reynolds at the plate by driving in six runs.
The Pioneers scored two runs in the sixth to pull within two, but they were again one-upped by Reynolds. Verdieck smashed a two-run double to fuel a three-run frame, keeping Sandy at a distance.
The Raiders opened Mt. Hood Conference play at Central Catholic on Monday. They host Game 2 of the series on Wednesday.
Look for expanded coverage in our Tuesday, April 5, print edition.