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BOYS' TENNIS: Singles trio lifts Raiders over Bishop McDevitt

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Middletown swept yet another boys' tennis foe in singles play and defeated division rival Bishop McDevitt, 3-2 on Thursday, March 19 in Middletown.

The Blue Raiders (3-2, 2-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Colonial Division) won all three singles matches to hold off the Crusaders (0-2, 0-2).

Harry Kapenstein, Middletown's No. 1 singles player, defeated Noah Nacionales 7-5, 6-1, while No. 2 singles player Eric Belles beat Nathaniel Jackson, 6-2, 6-1 and No. 3 player Matt Anthony won a tie-breaking third set to beat Joshua Lapitan 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:46

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BASEBALL: Raiders can pitch, but can they score runs?

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With his team relegated to working out in the gym, the indoor batting cage area of the Life Fitness Center and the student parking lot, Middletown baseball Coach Steve Shuleski had limited resources with which to evaluate his 2015 squad.  

One thing that is certain: This year's Blue Raiders will not be hurting for pitching.

Returning for their senior seasons are right-handers Nathan Ocker and Zach Sims, who were two of the Mid-Penn Conference’s top pitchers in 2014. Junior Brandon Harper, who had concentrated his efforts to baseball in the offseason, will add a third quality hurler to the pitching staff.

The Raiders made the District 3 playoffs last season and closed out the year with an 11-11 overall record, 9-5 in the Mid-Penn's Keystone Division. One of the real highlights was a 6-4 upset of defending champion West York in the first round of the district playoffs.

In the second round, the Raiders came up short in a rain-filled 4-2 loss to Northeastern at Ephrata, a defeat that ended their season. That loss, along with most of their other setbacks during the regular season, came down to hitting, or lack thereof.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 17:23

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SOFTBALL: Pitching could be key to young Raiders' season

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It began with a four-game winning streak. Then a rare victory over neighboring rival Lower Dauphin in extra innings, the first in several years. Then a spot in the District 3 playoffs.

Middletown hit new heights as last season rolled along, compiling a 14-5 record, defeating LD, the Class AAAA state title runner-up, 3-2 on a walk-off eighth inning RBI single and reaching the Class AAA playoffs, where the Blue Raiders lost a tough 1-0 thriller to Kennard-Dale.

This year could be a rebuilding year for Middletown, however, as Coach Mike Thomas seeks to replace six starters from last season's team.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 17:20

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SOFTBALL: State runner-up Lower Dauphin hopes experience pays off this season

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Last season, the Lower Dauphin softball team had a successful run, making it all the way to the PIAA Class AAAA title game for the first time in program history.

While the team came up short in a 8-3 loss to Souderton in the state championship game, the Falcons are bringing their experience for a comeback and another chance to claim the coveted title.

“We’re experienced. Going as far as we did last year certainly put a lot of experience in our back pocket playing in some of the games we did,” said Coach Steve Alcorn.

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The Falcons have a number of seasoned players with five seniors on the roster.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 17:13

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BOYS' TENNIS: Raiders beat E-town in season opener, 3-2

Middletown swept all three singles matches to defeat Elizabethtown, 3-2, in its boys' tennis season opener on Thursday, March 12 in Middletown.

Harry Kapenstein won the No. 1 singles match, rebounding from a first-set loss to beat E-town's Joel Hess, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 and stake the Blue Raiders (1-1) to a 1-0 lead.

Middletown's Eric Belles won the No. 2 singles match, beating Connor Beck, 6-2, 6-0, while the Raiders' Matt Anthony won the No. 3 singles match, defeating Kenton Travis 6-2, 6-0.

Elizabethtown (0-1) swept two close doubles matches to make the score close. Jeff Grimes and Dan Husmann defeated Middletown's No. 1 doubles team, Garret Deyle and Travis Patry, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, while Connor Babinchak and Dean McBride beat Middletown's No. 2 doubles team, Connor Gambini and Blake Gill, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Palmyra 3,
Middletown 2

Palmyra swept the final three matches to beat the Raiders on Friday, March 13 in Palmyra.

Middletown took the top two singles matches. Kapenstein won the No. 1 singles match, beating Eric Lynn, 7-5, 6-3, while Belles won the No. 2 singles match, beating Ben Rusling, 6-3, 6-4.

The Cougars (1-0) won the No. 3 singles match when Eric Kohl defeated Anthony 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Palmyra swept the doubles matches for the victory. Juan Cruz and Campbell Graff beat Middletown's Deye and Patry,  6-0, 6-1 in the No. 1 doubles match, while Adam Lerro and Quinn Marcus beat Middletown's Gambini and Gill, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) in the No. 2 doubles match.


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