Miscues doom Warriors in loss to Tornadoes
VINCENT — You simply can’t give away runs on the diamond against any baseball team, let alone one with a future Division I pitcher on the bump.
The Warren Warriors committed six errors and allowed eight runs in the first two innings of Friday evening’s East Central Ohio League tussle with Dover and never recovered as the Tornadoes held on for an 8-4 win.
Dover right hander and future Toledo Rocket Brennan McCune took full advantage of the early lead as he scattered seven hits to earn the complete game win.
“Here we are facing a Division I arm and score four runs and the way are pitchers threw it should have been enough to win the game,” said Warren head coach Ryan Lemley. “Unfortunately we let our pitcher down early and never recovered.”
The Tornadoes got busy in a hurry off of Warrior starting pitcher Seth Dennis as leadoff hitter Ayden Hall singled and advanced to second when Mason Stoldt’s sacrifice bunt was misplayed by the Warren infield.
McCune brought in the first run of the game for the visitors when his long drive to right field was also misplayed allowing Hall to score from second.
One out later designated hitter Ben Hamm singled in a pair of runs to give Dover a 3-0 lead.
Shortstop Matt Dummermith and right fielder Nolan Kellicker followed with base hits to load the bases and Tyler Little and Evan Klar followed with back-to-back RBI singles to extend the lead to 5-0.
Hall’s sacrifice fly and yet another Warren error allowed two more runs to score and gave McCune a 7-0 lead before the big right hander threw his first pitch.
Dover added another unearned run in the second when Dummermith singled and came into score when Kellicker singled to right and the ball got away for yet another Warren miscue.
The Warriors began their efforts to try to climb out of the big hole they had dug themselves when they scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the second.
Second baseman Scott Reynolds reached base when he was hit by a pitch and one out later scored when Dalton Higgins doubled off the left field wall.
Higgins also scored on the play as he tried to advance to third on the throw to the plate and McCune’s throw to third went down the left field line.
After the rocky start the Warrior defense wouldn’t commit another error and Dennis along with relief help from Caleb Davis and Evan Gandee held the Tornadoes scoreless the rest of the way.
“The kids came in and did a good job of locating their off speed stuff for strikes,” said Lemley. “We didn’t strike out a lot of batters but after that first inning we allowed a lot of weak contact.”
The Warriors added two more runs in the last of the fourth when Hayden Pelletier led off with a single and designated hitter Brayden Gerber walked.
Higgins laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position where a base hit from Davis and another Dover error allowed both to score to cut the lead to 8-4.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, McCune only got better and better as they game went along as he retired 10 of the final 11 Warrior hitters he faced while striking out seven of them.
“Give him a bunch of credit because he threw very well,” said Lemly of McCune. “He had great velo and there is a reason he is going to Toledo to play.”
McCune walked just two while fanning 11 to gain the win while Dennis scattered 10 hits and no earned runs over his five innings of work to suffer the loss.
Dover improved to 6-3 with the win while the Warriors slipped to 8-5.
“It was a game we let get away because we didn’t field the baseball,” said Lemley. “I was proud that we didn’t roll over and gave ourselves some chances to get back in it.”
Warren will have a chance to get right back on track today as they play host to Wheeling Park in a doubleheader at 12 noon.