Warriors defeat Wildcats
VINCENT — It was a big night in Vincent as the Warren Warrior faithful witnessed senior shortstop Evan Gandee reach the 100-hit mark for his career as he moved to within six hits of the school record of 49 for a single season. Gandee went 2 for 3 on the evening as the Warriors improved to 17-9 on the season with their 14-4 victory over the Waterford Wildcats Tuesday night.
Senior righty Seth Dennis threw a complete game, allowing three runs and nine hits while striking out five.
Warren got on the board in the first inning when they scored five runs and did not look back. Gandee led off the inning with a walk, Dennis was hit by pitch, and Kurt Taylor walked as Wildcat starter Jude Huffman struggled with his control early on. Gandee scored on a wild pitch while Taylor was at the plate to get things going. Dennis would score during the next at-bat when Taylor stole second. Derek McAfee would reach on an error and Caleb Davis moved the runners up to second and third during his at bat which set up Hunter Vincent, who hit is first home run of the season to clear the bases and put the Warriors up 5-0.
Gandee would lead off the second inning with his first hit of the evening and advance to second on a Scott Reynolds walk. Gandee promptly steals third and scores on a sac fly to left by Dennis. New pitcher Braden Miller would get Taylor to ground out and sit McAfee down on a strike out to end the threat. Waterford tried to get back in the game in the top of the third, scoring two runs. Miller got on base by a hit by pitch and Cline followed with a double to left to put two in scoring position for the Wildcats.
Senior Jude Huffman would hit a double scoring two for the Cats before Dennis would get out of the jam and limit the damage. The Warriors would answer right back though and pile on four more runs in the bottom of the third inning when Vincent reach first on a HBP, Junior Hayden Pelletier singled on a line drive to left, and Dalton Higgins laid down a bunt single to load the bases. Miller would then walk Gandee and Reynolds to plate two runs. Dennis followed with a sac fly to score Higgins. Gandee would score during a wild pitch again during Taylor’s at bat to give the Warriors a commanding 10-2 lead after three.
Warren would add two more runs in the fourth and end the game in the sixth with two more runs scoring when Reynolds singled to right to enact the mercy rule. The Warriors racked up 11 hits on the day with Pelletier, Gandee, Vincent, and Higgins all collecting multiple hits to lead the attack. The Warrior defense continued their solid performance going another game without committing an error in the field to support winning pitcher Dennis. Waterford scattered nine hits but couldn’t turn those into runs.
Braden Miller and Jude Huffman each collected multiple hits for the visitors.
The Warriors improved to 17-9 on the season and sent their seniors out in style by winning on senior night Monday, and then getting the W on their last regular season home game of the season.
Warren will travel to Dover Friday for a chance to avenge an early season loss to the Tornadoes.