Warriors escape jams, hold on to defeat Cadets 3-2
VINCENT — Warren walked the tightrope late in Tuesday’s game against Fort Frye, but the Warriors got out of a couple big jams and came away with a 3-2 victory.
Trailing 3-2 in the top of the seventh, Fort Frye had runners at second and third with one out, but Warren’s Kurt Taylor, pitching in relief, got a strikeout and a flyout to slam the door and secure the win.
Seth Dennis started for Warren, throwing five shutout innings with four walks and three strikeouts.
“Seth was great,” said Warren skipper Ryan Lemley. “It’ll be nice once he’s been here and we can take the training wheels off as far as pitch count goes. The basketball guys have only been here a couple weeks.”
Caleb Davis came on in the sixth with Warren leading 3-0. An error, a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases, and Lemley called on Evan Gandee to take the hill. Gandee got Ian Ellis to fly out to left field, plating Seth Miller. Two batters later, Owen Brown had an RBI groundout to make it 3-2 before Gandee got a strikeout to end the threat.
In the seventh, Maeson Long reach on error to lead things off. That prompted Lemley to bring in ace pitcher Taylor. Dawson Layton executed a sacrifice bunt to put the tying run at third. Miller drew a walk and stole second, but Taylor worked out of it as Warren improved to 3-0 on the year. The Cadets fell to 0-2.
“Evan Gandee came in and did a nice job,” Lemley said. “Bases loaded, nobody out. At that point we’re trying to limit the damage, and we got through that only allowing two runs. Then Kurt came in and did what No. 1 starters do.”
Miller pitched all six innings, walking two and striking out four.
“Give Fort Frye credit. I thought the Miller kid did a really good job on the mound keeping us off-balance,” said Lemley, pointing to eight walks and three errors as reasons why the game got close. “Can’t do that especially when you play a good team.”
Warren took advantage of a Fort Frye miscue in the bottom of the fourth to score its first run. Hunter Vincent led off with a single and moved to second on Brayden Gerber’s sac bunt. Recognizing nobody was covering third, Vincent took the base and a wild throw allowed him to come all the way around to score.
“We always tell our kids, ‘The bigger the game, the bigger the short game.’ I thought we did a good job, especially in that situation, of executing what we wanted to do,” Lemley said.
Davis led off the fifth inning with a single to right before Dennis doubled to left-center. Two batters later, Taylor singled to left to plate Davis. Dennis scored the third run on a wild pitch in the next at-bat. Warren collected seven hits in the game off Miller.
“Seth is our guy,” said Fort Frye head coach Trey Engle. “He’s a captain. He’s a senior. He does everything right. I can’t say enough about him. His effort tonight was unbelievable.”
The Cadets are back at it Monday when they play host to Caldwell.
“I know it’s not the start that we wanted, Engle said. “We’re young. We’re just coming together. There’s a couple thing we need to clean up a little bit, but we were right there. One big hit away.”
Warren visits Logan on Friday.
“I didn’t think we hit the ball real hard,” Lemley said. “Give the Miller kid some credit. I thought he did a really good job. But, we took too many fastballs. You can’t do that against a kid that has a good offspeed pitch. We’ll go to work on it.”