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May 12, 2012

PREP BASEBALL: Raiders take pair from Falcons

Northridge improves to 18-4 with sweep of Fairfield on Saturday.

MIDDLEBURY —  As the 2012 Indiana high school baseball season winds down — and teams focus on conference championships and preparing for the upcoming sectional tournament – there is still time for area nonconference rivals to squeeze in a game. Or, sometimes two.

Northridge and Fairfield met Saturday at Northridge’s Raider Field for a twinbill, and it was the Raiders coming out on top in both games.            

The Raiders took the first game, 8-1 and rallied from a 2-0 deficit to sweep the doubleheader, 3-2.

With the win, Northridge improved to 18-4 on the 2012 season. Fairfield dropped to 15-8.

Northridge coach Andrew Brabender said his team took a while to get going in the second game after the big win in the first game.

“Fairfield is a quality 2A program,” Brabender said.  

Raider senior co-captain Austin Summy said sometimes a team has to stay focused and wait for an opportunity, a key hit to fall, or an error to capitalize on.

Until that happens, Summy said, he considers it part of his job to keep his teammates up and positive.

With Saturday’s nonconference doubleheader in the books, Summy and the Raiders turn their attention to the remaining NLC schedule, which wraps up this week with games at Elkhart Memorial on Tuesday and at Plymouth on Wednesday.

“Our goal is to win the NLC title,” Summy said.           

 In the second game, a pitcher’s duel took shape early between the Falcons’ Garrett Scott and the Raiders’ Arick Doberenz. Fairfield broke through first, scratching out a run in the top of the first. Jordan Hochstetler singled to lead off the game, and he moved to second on a Scott groundout. Brad Newcomer walked to put runners at first and second, and a Zach Newcomer single loaded the bases. Hochstetler scored on an Austin Christner fielder’s choice as Christner avoided a double play by beating the relay to first.            

Fairfield chased Doberenz in the top of the fourth, picking up another run. With one out, Zach Kropf walked and stole second. Ben Hunley singled Kropf home.            

The Raiders rallied to take the lead in their half of the frame, taking advantage of a Fairfield error in the process. The uprising started with one out when Blake Fry singled. Jordan Carithers followed with a single, and then Brock Logan singled to center on a ball that was misplayed and allowed two runs to score. Austin Moniot plated another run with a single to put the Raiders up 3-2.

Brock Logan earned the win in relief of spot starter Arick Doberenz. T.J. Miller picked up a save with a scoreless seventh.

Despite the pair of losses, Fairfield coach Brody Garber was not all that displeased with his team’s effort ion Saturday.

“We schedule these teams late in the season so we can get ready for sectionals,” Garber said. “Northridge got the key hits and made the plays today, and we didn’t.”                                                               

Northridge returns to action on Tuesday with an NLC contest on the road at Elkhart Memorial. Fairfield travels to Westview on Monday to resume NECC competition as both teams enter the final week of the 2012 regular season.

Both games are slated for 5 p.m. first pitches.

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