The varsity baseball team is locked and loaded as they shoot for the programs third straight WPIAL title.
After a somewhat sluggish start by recent standards, the Raiders have picked it up as they are currently riding a seven game win streak. The streak as boosted the Raiders record to 7-4 overall, and an undefeated 5-0 clip in section three play.
The Raiders have their fair share of impressive wins, including a road game against section rival North Allegheny. Originally, the game against the Tigers was scheduled for a Wednesday night, but was postponed due to a thunder storm. The game was played the next day and the Raiders came out on top with a score of 3-2.
Senior Brad Gresock said “The win was big because they’re our arch rival, but we went into that game expecting to win. Nothing less.”
The Raiders also took down then undefeated Hopewell giving them their first loss of the season just a week later. The Raiders scored nine runs on nine hits and defeated the Vikings by a score of 9-8.
In between the two big wins the Raiders picked up two conference wins against New Castle as well as Fox Chapel.
The streak continued when the Black and Blue traveled to face section and county rival Butler. Pitching for the Golden Tornadoes was former Seneca Valley student Drew Spangler, who got the chance to face his cousin and current Seneca Valley Senior, Zach Spangler.
Zach won the battle of the Spangler’s as he homered off his cousin and helped earn his team a 10-3 win over the Golden Tornadoes.
Zach said about the family affair: “I’ve faced Drew in the past and he is a strong pitcher so I just waited for the pitch I wanted and put everything I had into it. The homer felt good, but hitting it off my cousin felt even better.”
On the season, the only two teams to defeat the Raiders are Pine Richland, who beat them in their first game of the year by a score of 14-11, and Moon Area who took down the Raiders in their second game of the year by a score of 7-0.
Wednesday’s game against North Hills was rained out, and in the next week the Raiders will face North Allegheny, New Castle, and Fox Chapel.