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Stellar week for Raiders, with 4 wins; Middletown in thick of race for postseason

Posted 5/8/19

The Middletown Blue Raiders softball team had a great week, winning four games — three by impressive margins.

On Tuesday, April 30, they beat Camp Hill at home, 12-2, followed by a 16-5 home …

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Stellar week for Raiders, with 4 wins; Middletown in thick of race for postseason

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The Middletown Blue Raiders softball team had a great week, winning four games — three by impressive margins.

On Tuesday, April 30, they beat Camp Hill at home, 12-2, followed by a 16-5 home win against Boiling Springs on Thursday and a 19-0 home win against William Penn on Friday. On Monday, they beat Trinity at home, 3-2.

They stand at 11-6 on the season, and they are No. 8 in the PIAA District III Class 4A power rankings. The top 10 make the postseason.

Against Camp Hill, a five-run fifth inning was the spark. A double by Noelle Zimmerman and singles by Hailey Hockenberry and Carly Dupes helped pace the Blue Raiders.

A double in the first inning by Jenna Jerome also drove in a run.

Zimmerman was the winning pitcher for Middletown, going five innings and giving up only one hit. She struck out five.

A three-run home run by Dupes against Boiling Springs helped get the Blue Raiders going against the Bubblers on Thursday.

She also drove home a run with a single in the fourth.

Jenna Alford was the winning pitcher, giving up seven hits, striking out one and walking one.

The Blue Raiders had 12 hits. Dupes and Luvi Balliet both had three hits, and Hayli Akakpo-Martin and Hockenberry had two.

Kate Fitzpatrick led the charge against William Penn. She had two triples, a double and three RBIs.

Balliet went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Cam Martinez was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Madison Gipe picked up the win on the mound, giving up only one hit.

Against Trinity on Monday, Zimmerman drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth to break a 1-1 tie. She was also the winning pitcher for Middletown, allowing three hits and one run over seven innings, striking out three.

Amanda Lee added an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

It was Senior Night for the lone senior on the team, Akakpo-Martin.

Games the rest of this week include Milton Hershey, West Perry and Bishop McDevitt.