Raiders come apart in fifth, fall to Crusaders

Apr. 30, 2013 @ 10:34 PM

Southern Vance stayed close with Cardinal Gibbons through four innings Tuesday before starter Wes Collier got nailed with a line drive back to the mound.

Collier was forced out of the game and the Crusaders added eight more runs in a 13-3 win over the Raiders.

“It kind of deflated us,” Southern coach Tony McGhee said of Collier’s exit. “We’ve got to play through stuff like that.”

Southern scored its three runs in the fourth inning.

Collier, Kyle Lawrence, David Adcock and Dylan Roberson each registered hits for the Raiders.

“We kicked the ball around, misplayed balls in the outfield,” said McGhee. “Something we have not been able to overcome this year.”

Gibbons scored at least one run in each inning. Six Crusaders had multiple-hit games including starting right-hander Tyler Pickard, the ace of the staff. Stephen Scott closed out the game in the seventh.

Gibbons entered Tuesday tied with Orange at the top of the 3-A Carolina Conference standings.

Southern returns to play today at Northern Vance. The Vikings won the first matchup with the Raiders, 8-6.

“We have to be ready to play,” said McGhee. “We’re not going to fold up the tent. We’re going to go over there and try to win it.”

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