ANAMOSA - Coming off a heartbreaking one-run loss in the opener of their River Valley Conference doubleheader hosting North Cedar Thursday, July 11, Anamosa baseball coach Bryan McCray wanted to see how his young team would respond.

      “We have talked some this year about failure,” he said. “It says a lot more about a person how they handle failure rather than how they act when they are successful.

      “We flat out got beat in the first game against North Cedar and our boys came back in game two and executed when they needed to. We are still a long ways out, but I am happy with the way we played our last game of the regular season.”

      The Raiders (9-23, 5-12) broke a 4-4 fifth inning tie scoring the game’s final five runs to claim a 9-4 victory over the Knights, and walked off the home field for the final time in 2019 with a coveted win.

      “We are on the cusp of having a very special team here,” McCray said. “As soon as we get the mentality that we need, we have the talent to accomplish anything.”

      Ky Kaufmann and Wyatt Bickford both crossed the plate in the bottom of the fifth after North Cedar had plated three runs in the top half to knot the score at 5-5.

      The hosts added insurance in the sixth when Sam Wilt and Walker Marsh scored.

      Wilt got the start on the hill and worked the game’s first 4.2 frames allowing just one hit and six walks while striking out seven.

      Cody Edson was brilliant in his 2.1 innings of relief work not allowing a single hit or walk while fanning three Knight batters.

      Edson and Eli Lehrman powered the Raider offense with two hits each while Trae Klatt delivered four RBIs.

      The opener of the league twinbill saw Anamosa lose a late 9-3 lead dropping a frustrating 11-10 final to North Cedar.

      The Raiders plated three runs in the first, third and fourth frames to jump out to a big six-run advantage before the Knights came storming back.

      North Cedar scored eight of the game’s final nine runs, including three in the top of the seventh erasing a 9-8 deficit.

      The Knights got back into the game with a five-run fifth.

      Lehrman and Wilt tallied two hits each for the hosts.

      Anamosa hosted Mediapolis Wednesday, July 10, succumbing to a tough 11-2 setback.

      Lehrman and Klatt combined to tally four of the Raiders’ five total hits.

      On the road at Maquoketa Monday, July 8, Anamosa bats went silent after being handed 10-0 and 5-0 defeats in the doubleheader.

      The Raiders were held to four total hits, including one in the opener.

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