The Caesar Rodney Riders’ baseball squad won their second non-conference game in as many days after an 8-7 win over Archmere Academy on Friday afternoon.
The Riders held off a late Auk rally in the seventh and final inning Friday to hold on for the one-run victory. After falling behind 8-2, Archmere scored five runs in the seventh but fell one run short of the comeback.
CR was led by a well-rounded offense Friday led by Brennen Brown, Travis Dill, Steve Clavier, and Branden Briggs. Brown went 2-for-2 on the day with 2 RBI and a walk for the Riders. Dill knocked in two runs, while Clavier and Briggs each had an RBI apiece.
Riders’ starter Gabe Rivera went six strong, giving up two runs on just two Archmere hits to earn the win.
After a scoreless first inning the two teams traded runs in the second inning before the Auks took a brief one-run lead heading into the bottom half of the third inning. In the third, the Riders struck for four runs off Archmere starter Joey Voge to take a 5-2 lead.
The score would stay the same until the bottom half of the sixth when three more Riders would cross the plate to give CR a commanding 8-2 lead heading into the seventh.
Led by Chris Deely, Pat Spillan, and Fran McVey the Auks scored five runs in the inning but were stopped by CR’s Seth Brosius who came in to put out the Archmere rally. Deely went 2-for-3 on the day with an RBI, while Spillan and McVey both drove in two runs for the Auks.
The Riders have now won two straight after having a five-game winning streak snapped by Sussex Central last Friday.
Riders head coach Richard Szvitich talked this season about how important it was for his squad to beat good teams. Friday’s win came over another tough opponent, the 8-3 Auks, and the Riders next four games are all against teams with a winning record.
“We had such a tough opening few weeks; I do believe some wins against better teams has helped us,” said Szvitich. “I think this break was very good for us.”
Ahead for the Riders are six straight Henlopen Conference matchups, taking on Delmar first in a game played after press time. The Riders are back in action on Friday when they host Smyrna at 4:15 p.m.