West Albany miscues help Raiders extend win streak
TROUTDALE West Albany starter Jacob Miller was brilliant for the Bulldogs at Reynolds on Monday. The defense behind him? Not so much.
West Albany wasted Millers gem by committing eight errors, and the Raiders were there to seize the opportunity. Reynolds used the Bulldogs dismal defense to win, 4-3. It was the Raiders sixth straight victory since falling in the season opener.
All four runs charged to Miller were unearned.
For almost four innings, it looked like Reynolds might win despite not getting a hit. In the bottom of the second, Reynolds first baseman Steven Verdieck led off and reached on an error. Two walks and a groundout later, Verdieck scored to even the score at 1-1.
In the third, Caleb Nutting bounced a routine grounder to the left side, but West Albany shortstop Curtis Zamora threw it away. Nutting stole second and went to third on a mysterious balk call. He scored on a groundout, giving the Raiders a 2-1 lead.
The Raiders stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 7-1 victory at Milwaukie on Wednesday. They host the Sandy Pioneers on Friday.
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