Raiders baseball starts season with split success

The Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders started the 2017 season with split success.

In a non-conference game against Wagener-Salley on Feb. 20, the Raiders fell by a score of 15-6.

JDA scored three runs in the first inning to take the lead.Wagener-Salley chipped away at that lead with runs in each inning.

The Raiders put a run on the scoreboard in the third inning and two in the fifth but weren’t able to catch up.

Their luck changed in a pre-season tournament when they defeated King Academy 2-1 on Feb. 23.

JDA scored in the one run in each of the first and third innings. King managed a run in the third inning but the Raiders held on to win.

The tournament continued on Feb. 24 with the Raiders going up against King Academy and Wardlaw Academy.

King Academy led off in the first inning but the Raiders tied the game in the second inning. The third innng was the most active with a total of nine runs added to the scoreboard - 4 for King and 5 for JDA, giving the Raiders the winning run.

In the next game of the evening, JDA was hot in the first inning, scoring six runs. They ran out of steam, though, and Wardlaw scored twice in the second inning and five runs in the fourth to take the game.

The Raiders take on Dorchester Acacdemy at home on Friday, March 3 in a region game. The boys games start at 4 (JV) and 6 p.m. (V) in Blackville.