The Rider Raiders earned a spot in the 4A state tournament with a pair of wins over Cleburne on Friday night and then found out their coach is stepping down at the end of the season.
Rider advances to the state tournament for the fourth time with 8-7 and 4-0 wins over the Yellowjackets taking the regional final series 2-1.
After the game, Scot Green informed his team he was stepping down as head coach after the Raiders trip to Round Rock to spend more time with his family. He intends to continue teaching.
The Raiders needed two wins after dropping a 3-1 decision last night at Justin Northwest High School.
Rider took a 5-0 lead into the seventh inning of game two in the series only to see Cleburne score five runs forcing extra innings. A Nick Russell double scored two runs as the Raiders scored four in the ninth and then hung on for an 8-7 win.
In the decisive game three, sophomore Alec Lemmon tossed four shutout innings and the Raiders earned a trip to state with a 4-0 win.
Rider will be playing against Tomball Thursday June 6th at 4 pm at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.