The Warriors are well on their way to being “the team they wanted to be,” but the vindicating 6-1 win Saturday afternoon against Seminole made the Warriors one of 16 teams left in the 4A state tourney, they want to be the only one.
The three PM Saturday start-pushed to this time after a rain delay on Thursday night-was historic for the perpetually talented Warriors, who had finally made it to their first regional game. It was fitting that a player that had gone through all the suffering in past district tournaments was the leader of the charge Saturday from the mound.
“Logan (Lapace) was outstanding tonight,” said Head Coach John Crumbley. Lapace threw a complete game, striking out six, walking one, giving up only three hits, and retiring 11 consecutive batters at one point during the game.
“I’m so happy to be part of what we just did and to be part of Warriors history. I really took the Jefferson game to heart (gave up six earned runs) and said that was unacceptable. I just tried to pitch and throw the way I know and throw the ball low and pitch for contact” said Lapace.
“with the bad weather that cancelled the game, we were able to get some offensive practice in the batting cages but couldn’t get any defensive practice on the field due to the rain. So it’s a good thing that we made the plays we needed to make. We are just going to practice and get ready for Tuesday”
The Warriors’ main offensive weapon was senior catcher, Jesse Haney who accounted for three of their six RBI’s. Haney hit a big RBI double in the first inning to break open the scoreboard. In the third he put the Warriors up comfortably 5-1 on a two-run shot to left field.
“Logan threw a great game tonight. When someone got on base, we moved them to the next base. It was a team effort. I myself was just waiting for this moment to happen. I have been waiting four years for this and the whole team wants the same thing. We have to stay the same team we have been against Wiregrass (Ranch) and they will probably throw their big man at us (junior Zack Drury) and we have beaten him before. Now we just need to do it again” said Haney.
The Warriors will be facing district rival, Wiregrass Ranch in the regional semis. The Bulls won their quarter-final game against Countryside 5-2. The Warriors have had huge success against Wiregrass Ranch this year, beating them four times with a combined score of 24-1 in the Warriors favor. The semi is this Tuesday night at 7 PM.
Evan Abramson/Staff Writer