With only three hits on the night and another complete game, the Warriors ( 13-1) were able to defeat the Wiregrass Ranch Bulls (9-4) in a final score of 4-1 advancing to a 5-0 record in their district. Clearly, the team is showing no side affects from their one loss about two weeks ago against Strawberry Crest.
“We have played well since that loss. We have worked hard and worked a lot of situational hitting. We are hitting sac flies and we have to get used to winning games against teams like Wiregrass” said head coach John Crumbley. “I just wish that some of our younger pitchers would watch him more because he has the ability to throw games with only 50 to 60 pitchers and that’s unbelievable and a great performance by Logan.”
Senior pitcher Logan Lapace paced the Warriors Friday night with a total of eight strikeouts and no walks. This start was much like his last start against Wiregrass this year where he threw 54 pitches and threw a complete game then. The difference being that he only threw one strikeout then but also was supplied eight more runs then.
“My slider was on point tonight. We faced a really good pitcher tonight and my team played very unselfish baseball. They lifted the ball when we had men on third to get the runs in.” said Lapace. According to Logan, he expressed that one thing he can teach to younger pitchers on the team is to keep the ball low and that his motto is a good example of the unselfish baseball he and the team plays. “A lot of kids go for the strike outs when my motto is to pitch for contact and let your team take care of the rest.”
Although the offense didn’t produce the numbers they saw earlier in the year and not nearly as many hits, they were still able to get around Wiregrass star pitcher, Zack Drury, who has impressively thrown 56 strikeouts in his last 27 innings. Still, the Warriors were able to get on and off the bases through their numerous walks and steals.
Included in those three hits though were numerous Bull errors that allowed the Warriors to get on base. But perhaps the most useful hit on the night was by senior catcher, Jesse Haney, who hit a two RBI double in the bottom of the first after being down 1-0 in the top of the first by a mix of a single, steal, and then a double.
“Tonight it was a team effort. We supported Logan and we put up four runs. We would have liked to put up more but it worked for us tonight. He was a tough pitcher (referring to Drury) and we had line drives and some good hits but he was one of the tougher pitchers we are gonna face” said Haney.
The Warriors will go on to face district rival, the Chamberlin Chiefs (1-11) on the road for what should be an easy win with the way the Warriors have been pitching.
Evan Abramson/Staff Writer