The Raiders clinched their first state title since 2003 and first under Head Coach - Troy Cameron, in an 8-4 victory over Sarasota.
Seniors: Caleb Roberts (3B), Cade Fergus (CF), Andres Antonini (SS), Blake Hely (RHP), and Chris Ruckdeschel (1B); Juniors: Matt Archer (2B), Isaiah Hood (LHP), Gabriel Terry (RF), Nick Vera (C); and Sophomore: Nate Thomas (RHP) contributed to power plays in the State Semi-Final and State Final to solidify the Raiders third state title in program history.
State Semi-Final Highlights vs. George Jenkins (Lakeland):
- Blake Hely & Nate Thomas led the Raiders from the mound to a 6-3 win
- Matt Archer - 3 hits
- Nick Vera - Solo HR
- Chris Ruckdeschel broke the 3-3 tie in the 8th inning with a 2 run, inside the park HR, to advance the Raiders to the State Final
State Final Highlights vs. Sarasota:
- Nate Thomas pitched 4.2 innings to earn the win
- Isaiah Hood pitched 2.1 innings to seal the win
- Caleb Roberts - 3 hits with a bases clearing triple for 3 RBI's
- Andres Antonini - 3 hits with 2 RBI's
"I am really happy for the Seniors this year. They lead this team from Day 1 and deserve to finish their STA career as a Champion. They have shown the young guys how to do it and set the culture of what STA baseball is an will be for a long time to come! So proud of these kids and all the coaches that work so hard with them!" - Coach Cameron
Next year's forecast looks promising for continued success with 19 of the 29-man roster returning: 14 seniors and 5 and juniors. Congratulations to our Boys of Summer!