The Raiders won game 1 in dramatic fashion, with a 6-5 walk-off victory over North Paulding in the 10th inning. Jared Jones led the way with 2 hits and 4 RBI, including the walk-off single. Brandon Nikitaides had a timely RBI single to tie the game at 5-5. Micaiah Williams, Pierce Gallo and John Giesler also had hits during game one. Will Marconi started the game on the mound going three innings, followed by Oliver Wood and Seth McBrayer in relief. With the game going extra innings, Walton got shutdown innings from Jake Baldino and David Sickles to close out the game for the win.
In game 2 Walton had 13 hits in the 11-2 victory to sweep the series. John Giesler, Bobby Spencer, Ben Anderson and Micaiah Williams all had multiple hits. Jared Jones and Bobby Spencer each hit a home run. On the mound Bobby Spencer went 5 innings allowing only 2 runs while striking out 3. AJ Montijo closed out the game, striking out 2 and only giving up 1 hit and no runs in 2 innings.
The Raiders will play Parkview in the Elite 8 round of the State 7A playoffs. Game 1 will be at 4:30pm on May 8th at Parkview High School, followed by game 2 around 7pm. If necessary game 3 will be on May 9th at 5pm, also at Parkview High School.
A special thank you goes out to the Walton community! There was a tremendous turnout of fans who showed up early and stayed late to support your Walton Raiders. We hope to see you next week at Parkview High School!