by Stephen Brosnan
Enduring unfavorable weather and a strong opponent, the Raiders came out on top in their second contest of the year, 14-4.
Thomas Edison High School in the past few years has fielded a strong baseball team and had a win percentage exceeding 50 percent. This year, however, they have gone winless in their first two games.
The bats came alive in the third inning when the team was behind by a run, starting when senior second baseman Jason Bacherman pulled a single to left field. Sophomore catcher Nicco Oliveira batted in senior Matt Hayes to score the first run. Seven others would soon score. When the inning came to a close, the Raiders were ahead by seven.
After four innings of pitching and allowing the only four runs, junior Lars Erceg-Warner was relieved by sophomore Nathan Bass who finished the game. Defensively, the team was strong. Of the four runs that they sanctioned, three were earned, the other having been enabled by an error. Only two errors were made throughout the entire game for Stuart, which is a typical number for a high school varsity team of any caliber.
Leadoff hitter and shortstop Hayes crossed home on a wild pitch and sealed the win by way of the VHSL mercy rule.