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BASEBALL: Raiders battle division leaders LD, Mechanicsburg, but lose key games

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Mechanicsburg owned a perfect 11-0 record in the Mid-Penn Conference’s Keystone Division and Lower Dauphin was right behind with an 11-1 standing as of the end of last week.  Both of those teams picked up key victories against the scrappy Middletown Blue Raiders.

Mechanicsburg broke a 0-0 stalemate in the top of the sixth inning and plated two more runs in the top of the seventh to register a 4-0 win at Middletown on Wednesday, April 22. Two days later, Lower Dauphin battled back from a 5-1 deficit and used a strong finish to subdue the upset-minded Middletown side, 8-6, also on the Raiders’ home turf.

The losses set back the Raiders to a 2-7 division record and an overall 4-7 standing.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 17:44

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BOYS' TENNIS: Two Raiders qualify for district tournament

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Harry Kapenstein defeated Trinity's George Hempt, 6-1, 6-2 to finish in third place in the Mid-Penn Conference's Class AA singles championships on Monday, April 27 and become the first Middletown boys' tennis player to qualify for a chance at the District 3 singles title.

Kapenstein and doubles partner Eric Belles also qualified for a shot at a District 3 doubles title, beating Hempt and Trinity teammate Shawn Palmer, 6-3, 6-4 to finish in third place in the tournament in East Pennsboro Twp.

The District 3 championships begin with singles play among Kapenstein and 15 other competitors on Saturday, May 2 at the Hershey Racquet Club.

At the Mid-Penn championships, Middletown's Matt Anthony won the gold medal in the No. 3 singles tournament, while Belles won the silver medal at No. 2 singles.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 17:39

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HIGH SCHOOL TRACK: Dey, Ulrich, Bennett shine in losses to Northern York

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Sprinter Kurt Dey won three events while Alexis Ulrich and Brianna Bennett each won two, but the Middletown boys' and girls' track and field teams fell to Northern York on Tuesday, April 21 in Dillsburg.

Dey took first place in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter runs as the Blue Raider boys fell to Northern York, 119-31.

In the girls' competition, Ulrich, a sprinter, won the 100-meter run and the 200-meter run in Middletown's 99.5-50.5 loss to the Polar Bears (4-2, 4-1).

Bennett won the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 5 inches and the discus with a throw of 100 feet, 2 inches.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 17:33

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BASEBALL: Big wins and two tough losses for Raiders

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The Middletown baseball team started and ended last week on positive notes, recording victories on Monday, April 13 and Saturday, April 18. In between, however, the Blue Raiders were dealt a pair of disappointing losses in games that could have been won.

The mixed results left the Raiders sitting with an overall record of 4-5, 2-4 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Keystone Division.

There are still games to be made up following weather-related postponements that occurred in the early part of the season.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 17:18

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SOFTBALL: Nester, Raiders shut out Hershey, 10-0

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Pitcher Kylee Nester surrendered just four hits while Middletown batters pounded out 15 hits as the Blue Raiders shut out Hershey, 10-0 on Wednesday, April 15 in Middletown.

The game was called in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Cheyenne Frayre went 3-for-3 and hit a home run to lead the Raider attack. Maddy Jorich also went 3-for-3 and scored two runs. Gabby Krupilis, Ava Mrakovich and Rachel Applegate each had two hits against the winless Trojans (0-9, 0-8 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Keystone Division).


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 17:12

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