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May 11, 2014

Don't count Raiders out yet!

Senior Demers says character, pride could make final dash interesting

There’s always talk about “character-building” losses.

But Cody Demers says that if a state championship football season taught him one thing, it’s that you find out where that character lies in people, even in victory.

Central Catholic’s Demers, a senior bound for Merrimack College in the fall, admits that, sure, his baseball team’s 4-8 start is a disappointment, but don’t you dare count the Raiders out the rest of the way.

“Coming off football, yeah, this has been a little humbling,” said Demers, who will stick with football at the Mack. “On paper, we looked really good. It just hasn’t gone that well. But I feel like we’re learning who the true athletes are, where the true character lies on this team. Those guys will step up and help get us going.”

The Raiders, now 4-8 (4-7 for MIAA purposes), face a serious week coming up with Methuen, Lowell and Andover twice (Thursday and Saturday).

Overall, with non-leagues left against North Attleboro (2), Fenwick, David Prouty and Drury, the Raiders will need a 6-3 finish to qualify.

Demers says he likes what he’s seen in the last couple games, playing Billerica tough and thumping Chelmsford.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit, developing a rotation, and we haven’t had both our hitting and pitching going together,” said Demers. “The last two games, we’ve seen things coming around. Maybe, it’s just a matter of time.”

A huge relief effort out of Tommy Pelletier settled things enough against Chelmsford for the bats to come alive in what basically was a season-extender for the Raiders.

Senior Kevin Regan has helped engineer an offensive revival of sorts, going 10 for his last 13. Cam Devanney has been simmering of late and Demers, per usual, is a pest at the top of the lineup.

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