The Caesar Rodney Riders baseball squad improved to 9-6 on the season Tuesday after a 4-0 win over the Milford Bucs.
The Bucs’ bats were kept quiet by CR’s Seth Brosius who went 5 innings, striking out 7 Bucs and allowing no runners to cross the plate. Lefty Travis Dill kept the shutout intact in relief for the final 2 innings.
The Riders struck early off Milford starter Garrett Coverdale, going up 2-0 after just one inning of play. Coverdale would keep the Riders off the board until they struck for 2 more runs in the 4th giving the Riders a 4-0 lead.
Lee Killen went 3-for-3 for the Riders including a double and 2 RBI to lead the way for Caesar Rodney.
Gabe Rivera and Branden Briggs knocked in runs for the Riders, while Dill and Aaron Briggs tallied base hits and runs scored.
Michael Sammons had 2 of Milford’s 4 hits on Tuesday going 2-for-4 on the day. Philip Berry and Tanner King tallied the other 2 hits for the Bucs.
The loss for Milford is their second in a row after dropping a 4-3 contest to Sussex Tech on Thursday in which the Ravens scored in the bottom of the 7th for a walk-off win.
The Riders are holding steady in 4th place within the Henlopen North trailing first-place Smyrna, Dover and the Bucs. Both the Eagles and Senators were rained out on Tuesday so the Riders were able to gain a game on all three teams ahead of them in the division.
CR has an opportunity to crawl even closer toward the top of the division on Friday when they take on Smyrna. With 3 games remaining in the regular season a win Friday against the Eagles could make the last two games very interesting for the Henlopen North.
However, regardless of the outcome the Riders are still likely to earn a state tournament berth. Last season, the Henlopen Conference had 5 teams earn berths. And a strong crop of teams within the conference this season all but guarantees a repeat.
Though, the rewards of finishing strong could benefit the Riders greatly. If they’re able to score a big win against the Eagles on Friday and pick up victories against their final two opponents, Laurel and Caravel, then CR could find themselves earning not only a berth in the tournament but a higher seed as well.