LUTZ-Andrew Lindsay can do it all. Pitching a complete game shutout utilizing only 95 pitches, driving in the first run of the game, and helping his team beat district rival, the Sickles Gryphons (1-3,0-1), there couldn’t have been a better way to celebrate their first win of the 2015 season.
As far as head coach John Crumbley and company have always been concerned, district wins are their number one priority. And to the Warriors (1-2,1-0), putting senior veteran pitcher Lindsay on the mound gave them their best chance to start the real season off right.
Two hits in the top of the first inning on Wednesday’s makeup game from rainy Tuesday night paced the Warriors to a two run first inning that would cushion them the other six innings in the game. Center fielder Brandon Johnson started the Warriors off with a base hit to left field. Then defensive star of the game, senior left fielder Vance Gutierrez drove a ball to right field advancing Johnson to third. With one out away after right fielder Drew Burkhart struck out, Lindsay stepped up to the plate and on the first pitch, smacked a ball for a base hit, scoring Johnson and taking a 1-0 lead over the Gryphons.
“I’m there to hit the ball, put the ball in play, and score a run. You don’t need to hit a long ball to put runs on the board. With pitching, I do my job. I put the balls in play and let the guys behind me make the plays when they can,” said Lindsay.
Patrick Morris then came up and with one out, hit a long fly ball to left field giving Gutierrez enough time to tag up from third to score the second and last run of the night. The Warriors finished the game with six hits and one walk, striking out eight times and leaving five men on base.
Linsday was able to keep Sickles silent by striking out six, walking one, and allowing only four hits. He held a no-hitter through 3 1/3 innings thanks to a controlling fastball. Gutierrez made the defensive play of the season so far by taking what should have been an easy first run scored for Sickles in the bottom of the sixth, throwing out the runner from deep left field on an one hopper throw to catcher Chase DeBonis who made the big tag at home to keep the shutout.
“We got up ahead and hit well. We didn’t make any errors until the late innings. If we hit well and you’re not making any errors and you have good guys behind you, you’re gonna win games,” said Lindsay.
Steinbrenner will host Wiregrass Ranch Friday at 7 p.m for another district game, hoping to get some sweet revenge after last year’s loss deep in the post-season.
Written by Evan Abramson/Online Sports Editor