Colton Swanson, Reporter
The Pierce College Raiders baseball team finished its 2017 season with a 29-14 record and 17-8 in league, good for third place in the Western Division.
The team enjoyed an eight-game winning streak from May 6-13 where players outscored their opponents 85-17 during that time span to finish out their regular season.
The Raiders never found themselves with a record below .500 in league or overall play.
The closest they came to a losing record was on the first day of the season on Mar. 1 when they split a doubleheader against Bellevue College.
The regular season came to an end with back to back four-game sweeps of Gig Harbor Community College and Centralia Community College. This came on the heels of getting swept by Lower Columbia Community College and losing three of four games to Tacoma Community College.
The stage was set for a playoff game in Eugene, Ore. Pierce took on Treasure Valley at 2 p.m. on May 19 in a pitcher’s duel ending in a 4-3 win for the opposing Treasure Valley squad. The Raiders Northwest Athletic Conference hopes were to come down to one game.
A loser goes home game was played the next day against Eugene’s Lane Community College where the Raiders took a loss 2-1. The loss sent the Pierce club back to Puyallup with a bad taste in their mouths as their season was now officially over.
Five players made the first team Western Division All-Star team: infielder Rylan Cratsenberg, outfielder Tyson Cronin, utility man Mac McCarty, pitcher Blake Mallory and pitcher Alan Vasquez.
Three raiders made an appearance on the second team Western Division All-Star list: outfielder Josh Swanson, outfielder Ty Swanson and pitcher David Smallwood.
Gold Glove honors also have been given to both Ty Swanson and McCarty.
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