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HEAT WAVE: Raiders win fourth straight, hold playoff spot

Posted 5/6/14

 

Middletown is getting hot at a great time.Photo by Phil Hrobak - Middletown third baseman Kayla Warhola, right, makes contact in a 6-1 win over Hershey.

 

The Blue Raiders (10-4, 5-3 in the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone …

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HEAT WAVE: Raiders win fourth straight, hold playoff spot

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Middletown is getting hot at a great time.tinysofthitter5 7 14Photo by Phil Hrobak - Middletown third baseman Kayla Warhola, right, makes contact in a 6-1 win over Hershey.

 

The Blue Raiders (10-4, 5-3 in the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division) swept three games last week, beating Mechanicsburg, Hershey and Reading on the road to hold onto a spot in the District 3 Class AAA softball playoffs.

 

The Raiders held the 11th seed in District 3 as of Monday, April 28. The top 16 teams qualify for the playoffs.

 

Middletown has won four in a row.

 

The Raiders topped Mechanicsburg (10-6, 6-3), the second-place team in the division, 9-0 on Monday, April 28, then followed that with a 6-1 victory over division rival Hershey (3-15, 1-10) on Friday, May 2.

 

Pitcher Sarah Gossard held Reading to just one hit and Middletown exploded for 7 runs in the first inning as the Raiders beat the Red Knights, 15-2 on Saturday, May 3 in Reading.

 

The Raiders pounded 15 hits, breaking the game open with a 3-run fifth inning and a 5-run sixth.

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