The Raptors held a 2-1 lead going into the sixth inning of the semifinals matchup against Summit. However, Summit loaded the bases and got the timely R.B.I. double to take a 5-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Summit ended up adding another run to take the 6-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Matthew Smith started on the mound and held the Summit offense to only two base runners in 3 1/3 innings. "I was extremely proud of the resiliency of Matthew Smith tonight as he struggled in a short relief appearance last night. He threw strikes and set the tone for the game." Raptor Coach Danny Borne said.
The Raptor hitters scattered 7 hits but were denied any big innings as the Summit defense was spectacular all game.
"You have to give Summit a lot of credit as they pitched very well, played flawless defense, and came up with the timely hit which lead to the big inning." Raptor coach Danny Borne said. "Both teams played very well and we were in a great position with a one run lead and six outs to go. We just were not able to finish the game. The greatest thing about baseball is that you get to play again the next day. I know the boys will respond and play with great effort and energy tomorrow. I am excited to see how this group is going to respond in a win or go home game."
The Raptors will play Summit again tomorrow in a elimination game where the winner will take on Franklin in the Championship game. The Summit game will begin at 1:30 and the championship game will begin at 4:00 pm.