In his last two starts, senior starting pitcher, Nick Sucarichi has been about as good as you can be, throwing his second complete game in a row against Plant last night on the heels of his perfect game (5 innings) against Gaither last Friday.
The Warriors were able to come from behind after the first inning, scoring four in the third, to win 6-1. The result pushed their season opening win streak to nine games.
“We are working hard and winning helps create this high energy level that you are seeing now.” said Warrior Head Coach, John Crumbley. “We are winning, that’s what we are doing well.”
With another strong defensive performance behind the mound for the Warriors, the Panthers were held to only three hits and one run, which came on two quick first inning hits from Plant. But after that first inning, Sucarichi shut the door, giving up only one more hit and striking out nine.
“This year, we have a really good chemistry and that is helping us stay together. When everyone gets along, it helps us play better” said junior designated hitter and pitcher Cole Gordon.
“The first inning, I was really shaky, my team hit the ball great, relieved the pressure off of me. The location of my pitches from there on out really is what got me a lot of the strike outs. The defense was outstanding tonight and it was perfect” said Sucarichi.
Offensively, the Warriors got back into their normal groove. They left no men on base the whole game, and only struck out three times. Junior Kevin Merrel, junior Mijon Cummings, junior Cole Gordon (still with an injured arm preventing him from rejoining the pitching rotation), senior Michael McGuire, and senior Jesse Haney all had runs batted in, Haney had two.
Over the course of the season so far, the Warriors have outscored their opponents 80-9.
“The offense is getting the runs that are good for us in terms of quality and they are happening at the right time” said Gordon. But the pitching has done its part too, and have struck out a total of 52 opponents.
The Warriors (9-0) will face off against Tampa Bay Tech (1-9) at 1 pm at the Tony Saladino Tournament on March 9.
Evan Abramson / Staff Writer