Warriors split against Section 3 foes

By on March 26, 2014

Being a senior, Adam Rohrbach has paid his dues with the Warwick baseball team.

Last Friday, the righty pitcher was rewarded by getting the ball for the Warriors’ season opener against Section Three contender Donegal.

Rohrbach didn’t disappoint, throwing five solid innings and getting the decision in Warwick’s 6-3 win over the Indians in a non-league game in Lititz.

“Solid start,” Warriors’ skipper Bob Locker said. “He’s earned the opportunity to go out there and he threw strikes. Early in the year and us not having much time out here, the fact that he was able to throw strikes and we made a decent amount of plays I thought was huge.”

Throwing mostly fastballs and finishing with 60-plus pitches, Rohrbach, who was 2-2 in 11!-E innings last year, scattered four hits, struck out three and allowed just one walk.

“We kinda went out with the mentality today of, ‘Throw strikes, make them hit it, see what we can do,’” Locker said. “We’re trying to keep our pitch counts down early in the year. His cap today was 70-75ish (pitches).”

On Monday, ace lefty Travis Reapsome got his first start of the season and picked up a no-decision for the Warriors (1-1), as Section Three favorite Lampeter-Strasburg pulled out a 3-2 extra-inning win in the bottom of the eighth.

In its game against Donegal, Warwick scored all it needed with four runs in the first inning off Donegal starter Sam Lazowski, highlighted by RBI singles from Travis Reapsome (2-for-4) and Derek Acaley (1-for-2, 2 walks).

But after stranding 12 runners on base throughout the game, the Warriors got a scare in the top of the seventh when Donegal (0-1) had the potential tying run in the on-deck circle in the person of clean-up batter Connor Bowers. Reliever Drew Keller, though, was able to close the door.

“Let’s be honest,” Locker said, “we had a chance to kinda open the game up with a couple runs here or there. We left them hang around and to their credit, (Donegal) hung in mentally, they didn’t stop playing. They’re a good program.”

Grant Zimmerman and Ben Keyser set the table in the first inning by reaching on a sharp single to center and a hit by pitch, respectively, against Labowski, the first of four pitchers used by Donegal. RBI base hits by Reapsome and Acaley made it 2-0, then Reapsome scored the third run on an errant pick-off throw by catcher Camren Neye and Garret High’s bases-loaded walk pushed across the fourth run of the inning.

“As it turned out, (the first-inning rally) was huge,” Locker said. “I just thought the kids came out and did a good job early on getting quality at-bats, trying to hit the ball on a line. I think we got a little too selective as the game wore on … if it’s two strikes and it’s close, you’ve got to hack.”

Keyser’s fielder’s choice RBI in the third pushed the lead to 5-0, but Warwick left the bases loaded off of Labowski, who gave up six of the Warriors’ nine hits and four free passes in 2@-E innings.

Austin Mellinger (2-for-4) singled and scored an unearned run in the fifth to get Donegal on the board, and the Warriors answered in the bottom of the inning as Keyser doubled and scored on back-to-back wild pitches by lefty Collin Brown, making it 6-1.

In the seventh, Jaryd Olweiler led off with a double to left and Mellinger singled to right off of Keller to get things started for the Indians. Derek Mohr followed with a sac fly to drive in Donegal’s second run, but Keller got Justin Amspacher on strikes and then Mellinger was tagged out in a rundown play to end the game.

Getting back to Monday’s contest against L-S, Derek Acaley and Reapsome picked up RBI base knocks as Warwick took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. There, however, the Pioneers got the tying run off of reliever Thomas Elliot and then pushed across the winning run in the eighth. Lefty Luke Hackman took the loss in relief.

Reapsome finished with six K’s in six innings, allowing just one earned run on two hits, while Seth Earle led the offense with a 3-for-4 day at the plate.

Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at bmorgan.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4451.

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