In the District Championship the Warriors, led by a shutout performance from senior pitcher Logan Lapace, shut down Wiregrass 4-0. So, naturally, the Warriors didn’t expect much from a district rival that they had beaten three times by an aggregate total of 20-1.
The Warriors had scored at least four runs in each of those three previous games, but their historical campaign ended after huge upset defeat dealt by the Bulls and their star pitcher, junior Zack Drury, who held the vaunted Warrior offense scoreless in the Bulls 4-0 Triumph in the Class 7A Regional Semi-Finals Tuesday night.
“We had a national ranking of 16 according to Maxpreps and our seniors brought us to a level it’s gonna be hard to match with us being only a fourth year school” said Head Coach John Crumbley.
Junior pitcher, Gideon Dunn, who came into the night 9-0, battled it out with Drury for a quick four innings, until the Bulls scored two runs
leaving the bases loaded with only one out.
“I was throwing the ball a little high which let them get walks and eventually lead to hits. We have to stay positive and have short memory and forget this game in order to be successful” said Dunn.
The damage done was minimal enough so that the Warriors could come right back with one of their a-typical big innings. But, no such inning ever came. The Warriors did load the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn’t convert.
“Gideon threw great. He gave us the opportunities, but Drury was awesome and we had chances but couldn’t come through. All the stuff before, every round of playoffs, every round of districts, its one and done. It’s the old saying that great pitching will stop great hitting and that happened tonight” said Crumbley.
The Warriors had four hits, struck out five times, and walked four times. The Warriors struck out six Bulls, and walked two Bulls, allowing seven hits.
“We hit some balls hard and it didn’t drop. Gideon threw a good game. We are just gonna have to play and train hard. The seniors were great. They played great. We all just have to focus on our goals. In response to that last at-bat I just wanted to hit it so bad but especially now, I just want that at bat back so that I can redo it” said Gordon.
The Warriors will lose their first four-year senior class heading into next season, but will return five starters and star starting pitcher Gideon Dunn.
Evan Abramson/Staff Writer