For eight Warriors seniors, their Steinbrenner baseball careers closed another chapter, as they went on to win their final home game against Middleton 10-0 Tuesday night.
Senior night was ended in the fifth, with a mercy rule walk-off RBI single by senior shortstop, Danny Rodriguez. The win raised the Warriors win streak to nine.
Jesse Haney was out with a hand injury, missing his second consecutive game. But, sophomore catcher, Chase DeBonis was able to fill in well, going 1-1 with a walk and an RBI. Junior Cole Gordon was his usual self, going 2-2 with a walk and three RBI’s.
“Getting on base was vital. We can’t score runs without getting on base. Team chemistry is keeping us all together. We need to work on our execution and not dying down later on in the game. Focus is all that matters” said Gordon. He says he hopes to also return to the pitching rotation in the next couple of weeks, heading into the postseason.
The pitching staff threw their typical dominant game against the Middleton Tigers (1-20), as they were able to strikeout 12 , nine by to junior pitcher, Gideon Dunn (8-0). Senior reliever, Dominick Ficarrotta (1-0) struck out the side in the fifth inning to close it out.
“I felt like I was dominating tonight. I was commanding the fastball and the slider was working well. I’m just glad I got those innings in tonight in preparation for next week” said Dunn.
The Warriors (20-1, 8-0 in district) will go to play their annual game at George M. Steinbrenner field, spring training home of the New York Yankees, Thursday night at 7 PM against Jefferson.
Evan Abramson/Staff Writer