VINCENT - The Warren High baseball team was clicking on all cylinders Wednesday as it defeated Logan 9-0.
After the Warriors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first, the Chieftains made a furious rally attempt.
Curtis Barkhurst, Dalton Long and Brandon Kuhn led off the inning with three singles in a row to load the bases with no outs. Warren pitcher Garrett Kennedy settled down, forcing a pop out and two strikeouts to squander the rally for Logan.
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Warren shortstop Tyler Ward (24) fields a groundball during SEOAL baseball action against visiting Logan Wednesday.
"That was really big for us," Warrior head coach Mark Farr said. "Garrett threw strikes and limited walks, which was important."
Warren blew the game wide open with a five run fourth.
Kennedy and Zach McKenna led off the inning with singles, and moved up a base on a wild pitch. Ian Zoller followed with a single to right field, scoring Kennedy and McKenna. Lance Schafer then doubled to left field, and after a Landon Kern walk to load the bases, Austin Henthorn singled up the middle to score Zoller. Schafer came around to score on a Gunnar Smith single to left, and finally an Ethan Estes groundout would drive Henthorn to complete the scoring in the inning.
Warren 9, Logan 0
Logan- 000 000 0 - 0 6 2
Warren- 200 520 X - 9 12 0
WP: Kennedy 7 IP, 5 SO
LP: Barkhurst 6 IP, 5 SO, 2 BB
Logan hitting: Barkhurst 1-3; Long; 2-3; Kuhn 2-3; Jacob Berry 1-2
Warren hitting: Schafer 3-4, 2 runs, 2 2B; Kern 1-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Henthorn 2-3, 1 run, 1 RBI; Smith 2-4, 1 RBI; Kennedy 1-3, 1 run; McKenna 1-3, 1 run; Zoller 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI
Warren now held a 7-0 advantage.
The Warriors would tack on two more in the bottom of the fifth. After Zoller single up the middle to get things started, Schafer doubled to left field. Kern brought them both home with a double to left of his own, making it 9-0 Warren.
In the top of the seventh, with a man on first and one out, Kennedy was able to force an inning ending double play to seal the win for the Warriors.
Overall, Kennedy went seven innings of shutout baseball, striking out five and not issuing a walk en route to earning the win.
Barkhurst pitched six innings in the losing effort, striking out five and walking two.
Long and Kuhn each led the Chieftain offense with two hits.
"We're getting better," Farr said. "Offensively we can still be more aggressive, but we're throwing strikes and the defense is coming around."
Warren is back in action Friday when it visits Jackson. The Warriors improved to 8-7 with the win.