After a slow 1-2 start to the season, the Caesar Rodney Riders have bounced back winning four straight games after a 6-1 victory over Middletown on Saturday.
The Riders were led by a strong pitching performance from Steven Clavier who pitched six innings for the Riders giving up a run on just five hits Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Caesar Rodney offense scored six or more runs for the third consecutive game led by Travis Dill and Seth Brosius.
Brosius doubled home an RBI for the Riders while Dill had a big day with the bat going 3-for-4 on the afternoon with a double and two RBI. Also, Clavier helped his own cause at the plate doubling home a run himself.
The Rider bats got to Middletown starter Chandler Swalm early on Saturday, scoring two runs off the pitcher in the bottom half of the first to give the Riders the early advantage. Caesar Rodney added three more runs in the bottom half of the third inning and another run in the fourth to take a commanding 6-0 lead after five innings.
The Cavaliers were able to muster a run in the top of the sixth off Clavier but he was able to manage the damage and Levi Knapp came in to close things out in the seventh to preserve the victory.
The loss broke a two-game winning streak for the Cavaliers bringing their record to 4-3 on the season. Swalm did his best to help his own cause going 2-for-4 in the loss while Robert Pitroli, Colin Peluse, and Chris Whitlock all had hits for Middletown.
While the Riders got out to a slow start, they did lose games to two highly touted teams, Sussex Tech and defending champion St. Mark’s. Since then, the Riders have turned it on improving their record to 5-2 on the season putting them among the leaders in the crowded Henlopen North division. Currently, Dover leads the north at 6-0, followed by Smyrna at 5-1, Sussex Central at 4-1 and the Riders at 5-2.
After their contest with Sussex Central the Riders have two non-conference games against Concord and Archmere before embarking on six straight conference games, but the Riders don’t want to look too far ahead.
“As far as getting fired up, I hope that we get emotional for all games,” said CR head coach Rich Szvitich. “We try to keep them from too many high and lows. This allows them to flow with the game and not try too hard if they get behind.”