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Raiders move into playoffs with two wins

Posted 5/7/13

Middletown moved into a playoff spot in the District 3 Class AAA power rankings as the season winds down, beating powerful Mechanicsburg and last-place Hershey to claim 15th place in the standings last week.

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Raiders move into playoffs with two wins

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mdtsoftballMiddletown’s Sarah Gossard delivers a pitch in a victory over Mechanicsburg.The top 16 teams make the playoffs.

Middletown (9-7 overall, 6-6 in the Keystone Division of the Mid-Penn Conference) scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Mechanicsburg, 5-4, in a game on Tuesday, April 30 in Middletown.

Pitcher Sarah Gossard held the Wildcats (12-5, 8-4) to just five hits in the victory. Eight Blue Raider errors contributed to the final score.

The Raiders downed Hershey (1-15, 0-11), 11-1 on Friday, May 3 in Hershey, scoring three runs in the third and four in the fourth to break open the game.

Shortstop Halle Marion hit a solo homerun for Middletown.

The Raiders fell to division rival Bishop McDevitt, 11-1 on Wednesday, May 1 on the road. The Crusaders (7-9, 4-7), who are still in the race for a playoff spot, clinched the victory with four runs in the bottom of the sixth that ended the game. Gossard struck out six batters.

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