Published Date Written by Larry Etter
The Middletown varsity baseball team attained its goal of earning a spot in the District 3 Class AAA playoffs last week, but just barely.
After retaining the No. 12 spot in the power rankings with a 7-0 victory over Trinity on Monday, May 11, the Blue Raiders (11-9) were dealt an unsettling setback in a 1-0, extra-inning loss to Greencastle-Antrim on Tuesday, May 12 that dropped them out of the postseason picture. With the top 16 teams qualifying for district play, the loss dropped the Raiders to the 17th spot and threatened to end their season earlier than they wanted.
But the team got some help when Northeastern lost its final game on Wednesday, May 13, which moved the Raiders up to No. 16 and extended their season to playoff week. The only problem there, however, is that the No. 16 seed gets matched up with No. 1 in the first round.
So the Raiders were scheduled to face No. 1 Shippensburg (16-4) on the Greyhounds’ home field on Monday, May 18 to start the week.