The Caesar Rodney Riders baseball squad were awarded one of the final spots in the DIAA Baseball State Tournament, the #15 seed to be exact, drawing a match up with #2 Caravel Academy.

Going into Tuesday’s first round matchup it was easy to see the uphill climb that awaited the Riders. And while they weren’t able to pull the upset, falling to Caravel 13-8, they did fight until the end with an effort that will give you a win most days.

Unfortunately for the Riders, a rough 2nd inning and miscues down the stretch doomed the Riders.

The Riders were able to tie things up after giving up the early lead to Caravel. However, in the bottom half of the second inning Caravel exploded for 5 runs to make a tough task for CR that much tougher.

The Riders were able to respond with runs in the 3rd and 4th innings; as well as runs in the 6th and 7th, but it wasn’t enough. Caravel scored at least 1 run in every inning of the ball game, finishing with 13 runs on just 11 hits.

Even with a tough day on the hill for the Riders, Aaron Briggs was able to do some damage from the plate. Briggs finished with a double and a triple, both knocking in runs for the Riders.

Seth Brosius also had a good day at the plate even if his line didn’t show it. Brosius did double in the game but was stranded at 2nd. However, he led off the Riders 3-run 3rd inning with a walk in solid at-bat, the inning after CR had given up 5 to Caravel. If the Riders had been able to overcome Caravel, Brosius’ at-bat would have been a key point in the game.

While it’s certainly not the result the Riders wanted, they can walk away knowing they gave one of the state’s best their very best shot and nearly pulled off an upset.