On Thursday afternoon, the Caesar Rodney Riders baseball squad fell to St. Mark's by the slimmest of margins, 2-0.
The Riders match up with St. Mark's on Thursday was the definition of a pitcher's duel. Both St. Mark's Matt Frost and CR's Seth Brosius went the distance for their respective teams allowing only 7 hits and 2 runs combined on the day.
Brosius gave the defending champions all they could handle, holding them scoreless over the first 3 innings of play before allowing the only 2 runs of the ball game in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Frost kept the Riders bats quiet allowing only 2 hits while striking out 7 in the win.
The Riders would take out their frustrations from Thursday's shutout loss on Archmere Academy on Saturday morning.
The Rider offense wore out Archmere pitching, scoring 18 runs, while lefty Travis Dill pitched 6 strong innings in the CR 18-6 victory.
The Auks saw 7 different pitchers take the mound in an effort to stop the CR offense; including 3 pitching changes in the Riders 8-run 3rd inning.
The Riders struck first on Saturday scoring 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning to jump out to the early lead. Archmere would respond with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the 2nd to take a brief 3-2 lead over CR.
The Riders bats took control of the game in the top half of the 3rd scoring 8 runs knocking out starter Steve DiStefano and forcing 3 more Archmere pitchers to the mound in the inning.
Dill would keep the Archmere bats relatively quiet the rest of the way allowing only 3 more runs the rest of the way, before Aaron Briggs came in relief to finish the job in the bottom half of the 7th.
After the 8-run 3rd, the Rider offense was not finished. CR scored 2 runs in the 5th, another in the 6th and 5 more in the 7th to cap off the victory.
Briggs and Lee Killen led the way for the Rider offense both finishing 3-3 while coming just a homerun short of the cycle. Briggs finished with a team-high 4 RBI, while Killen knocked in 3 runs.
Seth Brosius went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI in the Rider win.
Dill recorded the win for the Riders improving to 3-0 on the year.
The Riders return to the diamond on Thursday afternoon when they host Indian River before ending their week at home against Seaford on Saturday.