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Bucks stop the Warriors
There was no hint about what was lurking for Warwick in the fifth inning on Monday.
The Warriors, coming off an air-tight defensive game last Thursday in a 7-0 shutout of Elizabethtown, carried that into Monday’s clash against Conestoga Valley.
Well, for four innings anyway.
Things came unglued in the top of the fifth when four errors by Warwick led to &tstr; gulp &tstr; six unearned runs. It turned out to be the difference in a 6-3 win for the Buckskins in a Section One-Two crossover game in Lititz.
“Before that, we were playing a good defensive ball game,” Warwick coach Bob Locker said. “We just seem to be a roller-coaster team at times. If you can hold the other team to three outs an inning in high school baseball, you win more games than you lose.”
With the loss, Warwick slipped to 6-3 in Section One (7-4 overall) and fell one game off the pace behind first-place Penn Manor (7-2 L-L, 10-4 overall). The Warriors’ game against Manheim Twp. scheduled for Tuesday was postponed to Thursday due to rain.
“League-wise, we’re nine games in and we have seven games that count in our league standings yet,” Locker said. “So it’s not like it’s time to panic or anything. I guess for the most part, I would just really like to see us become a more consistent defensive ball team. This has happened to us a couple times this year where we’ve made life real tough on ourselves.”
Life might have been a bit more easy for the Warriors if they had gotten some breaks on offense. In the first inning, with Grant Zimmerman on board, Ian Hart ripped a blast which CV’s center fielder chased down, leading to a double play.
“Hart hit a shot and Zimmy just took off running and their center fielder just made an amazing play tracking it down,” Locker said. “When he caught it, Zimmy might have been eight steps away from third base. But I don’t fault the kid at all. I never thought the kid had a chance to get to it … It was one of those game where we hit the ball hard, right at people.”
Warwick mustered only three hits off of Buckskin pitchers Nate Staffieri, Adam Weaver and Brendon Martin, but it took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Staffieri K’d four and walked four in 4!-E innings to pick up the decision.
Drew Keller, Hart and Ben Keyser accounted for the Warriors’ base hits.
It was still a one-run game when Warwick faltered defensively in the fifth. Zach Rider, Tyler Williams and Daulton Martin had two hits apiece to lead CV, helping the Buckskins pull in front 6-1.
Keller, making his second start of the season, gave up four runs &tstr; none earned &tstr; on five hits in 4!-E innings before giving way to Luke Hackman. But the junior righty deserved a better fate.
“(Drew) pitched a good game,” Locker said. “I thought they caught onto him a little bit after seeing him a couple times. He hadn’t had a really extended outing this year and they made some adjustments. But we could have been out of the inning clean, so it really shouldn’t have mattered.”
The Warriors got two back in the bottom of the seventh, but their comeback fell short.
“We’re a good baseball team &tstr; we hit very well and our pitching has done a good job,” Locker said. “If we can do a better job with the fundamentals, that would help us long-term.”
In other action last Thursday, Adam Rohrbach tossed a complete-game four-hit gem, leading the visiting Warriors in a 7-0 shutout of Elizabethtown in a Section One-Two crossover.
The senior hurler needed to throw just 73 pitches over seven innings for his third win of the season.
Drew Keller was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI’s, as Warwick took command with a 5-0 lead through two innings. Tommy Garner, Ben Keyser and Ian Hart also had two hits apiece to help lead the Warriors’ 10-hit attack.
Last Wednesday, April 6, Solanco snapped the Warriors’ four-game win streak behind ace Zack Leonard, who pitched a complete-game six-hitter to pace the Golden Mules in a 7-2 victory.
Senior lefty Travis Reapsome struck out eight and scattered six hits over six innings, but suffered his first loss of the season.
Warwick answered Solanco’s run in the top of the first, as Reapsome’s RBI base hit drove in Grant Zimmerman, who singled.
But the Mules, led by Caleb Groff’s two hits and two RBI’s, broke the tie with single runs in the fourth and fifth, then tacked on two runs in each of the final two innings.
Seth Earle was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two doubles, while Reapsome helped his own cause by collecting two hits.