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Naples’ 7A-12 Record Remains Unblemished In Win Over Riverdale

The Naples Golden Eagles hosted the Riverdale Raiders Tuesday night in a game between two 7A-12 teams having two different seasons. The Golden Eagles, winners of two in a row coming into Tuesday, used timely hitting and superb pitching to shutout the Raiders 4-0 and win their second district game of the season.

The Golden Eagles (7-1, 2-0) came into the game against the Raiders having beat their previous two opponents by a combined score of 20-0 after suffering their first loss of the season in a close, non-district game. Jaret LaCagnina started and finished the game for the Golden Eagles to pick up the complete-game shutout. LaCagnina was outstanding from start to finish, throwing 89 pitches and allowing only three hits, with eight strikeouts.

The Raiders (2-6, 0-2) didn’t have an answer for LaCagnina at any point in the game, as they were unable to move anyone into scoring position as a result. Carson Palmquist started the game for the Raiders and pitched well over the course of five innings, keeping the game in reach. Palmquist faced 27 batters, and struck out seven of them, throwing 94 pitches.

Heading into the fifth, the Raiders only trailed 1-0 on unearned run and, after the lead-off batter grounded out, things were looking good for LaCagnina.

Giovanni DiGiacomo came to the plate and got things going for the Golden Eagles with a lead-off single. The next batter, Cory Berning, worked a nine-pitch walk to reach base. Both DiGiacomo and Berning crossed the plate later in the inning to increase the lead to 3-0. Joseph Maestu scored on an error by the Raiders infield to bring the score to 4-0.

The Golden Eagles remain perfect within the district and they will have a chance to improve their win total with a 7A-12 heavy schedule in the coming weeks.

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