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Kirk Academy’s Hunter Dees takes a pitch off his hip during action earlier this week at home against Delta Academy. The Raiders downed Delta 8-5, but lost 14-8 to Winona. Staff Photo/Chuck Hathcock

 
By CHUCK HATHCOCK
Sports Editor


   It’s been a broken record for the Kirk Raiders during the early part of the 2014 season.
Pitching and defense have stood out as problems in Kirk’s 5-5 start, heading into Tuesday’s District 1-AA game at Winona Christian.
   Those same two problems reared their ugly heads in the sixth inning against the Stars.
With the game tied at 7-7, Winona erupted for seven runs on just three hits. Two critical errors kept the inning alive. The Stars went on to a 14-8 win.
   With the loss, the Raiders are 5-6 on the season and 0-4 inside the league.
   “You can’t keep giving people more than three outs in an inning,” Coach Nathan Moncrief said. “These areas have been a problem the entire season. It’s going to be a struggle until we correct these problems.”
   Earlier this week, the Raiders rallied for an 8-5 win over Delta Academy.
   Against Winona, the offense had 11 hits and scored eight runs. Those numbers are usually good enough.
   “When you outhit an opponent and score eight runs, you are suppose dto win,” Moncrief said. “We have to continue to work to get better in those areas.”
   The Raiders scored twice in the top of the first. Winona got one in the first and three in the third to lead 4-2. Kirk regained the lead with three in the fourth inning. The Raiders led 6-4 after tallying a run in the fifth. Winona took the lead with three in the fifth at 7-6. The Raiders tied the game in the top of the sixth.

For the full story, see the online edition or the printed edition of the GrenadaStar.


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