MYRTLE BEACH, SC- In a hard-fought battle under the cloudy skies of Myrtle Beach, South Range Raiders displayed their trademark resilience, despite succumbing to their first loss of the season 3-0 in a condensed 5-inning clash against Louisa County Lions.

Solena DeJesus took the circle for the Raiders and delivered a valiant effort, recording an impressive 12 outs throughout the game, showcasing her pitching prowess against a formidable opponent.

Despite the Raiders’ determined defensive efforts, Louisa County Varsity Lions managed to capitalize on their opportunities at the plate. Alyssa Hopkins proved to be a formidable force for the Lions, driving in two crucial runs with a powerful double in the first inning, followed by another run in the second after a well-timed single.

Although Lily Ruckle of Louisa County earned the win with a stellar pitching performance, allowing zero runs and striking out six batters over five innings, DeJesus exhibited commendable grit on the mound for the Raiders.

Despite the outcome, the Raiders demonstrated their offensive capabilities, with Gretchen Bartels, Keira Brogan, and Riley DeCiancio each contributing a hit to the team’s effort.

Hopkins led the charge for Louisa County with her impactful hitting, driving in two runs and going 2-for-3 at the plate. Additionally, Laci Garrett’s three-hit performance, including two stolen bases, further bolstered the Lions’ offensive onslaught.

While the loss may sting, the South Range Raiders remain undeterred, their spirits unbroken as they continue their journey in pursuit of victory. With their resilience and determination intact, the Raiders are poised to bounce back stronger than ever, ready to overcome any challenges that lie ahead on the diamond.

The Raiders will try to rebound Thursday at noon against Harbor Creek.