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Warren baseball rallies past New Philadelphia, 4-3

Warren’s Kurt Taylor looks home for a sign during a high school baseball game against New Philadelphia Tuesday. Photo by Danielle Reynolds

NEW PHILADELPHIA — The Warren Warriors traveled to New Philadelphia Wednesday evening for an ECOL game and came away with an exciting 4-3 come from behind victory Tuesday.

The Warriors were led by the strong right arm of senior pitcher Kurt Taylor, who went the distance allowing seven hits and three runs over seven innings while striking out 10 with no walks.

Warren got on the board in the second inning when Taylor singled, moved to second on a bunt by Hunter Vincent and scored on a single by Scott Reynolds.

The Quakers quickly evened things up in the second inning on a sac fly with one out. New Philadelphia took the lead in the fourth inning after a leadoff double and a couple Warrior miscues in the field followed by a couple timely hits plated two runs for the host.

The boys in blue battled back in the sixth inning and scored two runs of their own to even the score at 3-3 going to the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior Seth Dennis led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball. After a hard line drive by Taylor was snagged by the third baseman, Vincent singled to right field scoring Dennis. Third baseman Derek McAfee followed up Vincent’s hit with a single of his own moving Hunter to third. A balk by the Quaker pitcher allowed Vincent to trot home scoring the tying run.

Taylor had his most dominant inning of the game in the bottom of the sixth when he sat down the 3-4-5 hitters for the Quakers with 3 Ks on 10 pitches.

Senior Evan Gandee continued his hot hitting and singled to center field to get the winning run on base in the top of the seventh. An errant pickoff throw moved Gandee to second, and Caleb Davis was hit by a pitch soon after giving the Warriors runners on first and second with one out. Both runners moved up on a passed ball and Dennis came through with an infield single to plate the go ahead run.

Taylor proceeded to give up two hits in the bottom of the seventh but got a strikeout and groundout to end the game.

Dennis led the way for the Warriors at the plate going 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI while Gandee was 2 for 4 with a run scored. The Warriors host Dover in another ECOL game at 5 p.m. today.

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