Despite dropping doubleheaders to Green River, Wyo. and St. George on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, the Price Raptors finished in third place in the south standings, clinching the group’s first-ever playoff spot. Price currently stands with a 4-8 south record.
Price welcomed Green River to USU Eastern on Monday but was outscored 38-11 over both games. In game one, the Raptors took a 9-8 lead into the sixth inning in which Green River ended up plating six runs. The team added nine more in the seventh to run away with the win. Price had two extra-base hits in the game as Trevor Pummell led off the game with a triple and Harley Barker doubling in the second. Duncan LaCombe, Gavin Robinette, Johnny Tallerico, Remington Motte and Alyjah Ellington all had singles. Tyson Busch, Ellington and Pummell each took a turn on the mound in the game.
Green River then no hit Price in game two, earning the doubleheader sweep.
The Raptors then met St. George on Tuesday in Beaver for another double dip. Price mustered just one run in both games, which came in game one, as St. George ran away with both games by a combined 24-1 score. Price had six hits, two off the bat of Busch, during the two games.
Although the team dropped all four games, Price still clinched the third seed in the south.
“I really feel pleased with the performance of the team this year,” head coach Willie Ellington said of his team’s first playoff appearance. “We’re excited and I am really happy for them. I count success not in wins and losses but finishing the year with a complete team and that is what we have this year.”
Price will play Layton on Monday at 5 p.m. at Layton High School. The tournament is double elimination.
The Raptors will play a doubleheader at Roosevelt on Wednesday to wrap up the season.