Varsity Baseball Goes 1-2 in Three Game Series Against Mavericks

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  • The Warriors rush the field in excitement as they beat the Mavericks in their third game.

  • Ian Cox ’19 catches the ball on first to get the batter out.

  • Reed Harrington ’18 bunts the ball in attempt to throw off the Mavericks.

  • Kyle Clements ’19 throws the ball to his teammate on first base.

  • Will Clitheroe ’19 watches the pitch to time his swing.

  • Trevor Borses ’18 dives to catch a Maverick hit.

  • Nathan Potter ’20 throws the ball to his teammate at second base.

  • Mason Flood ’19 throws the ball to the player on third base.

  • Cody Crider ’20 follows through after he throws the ball.

  • Reed Harrington ’18 runs to third base.

  • Trevor Borses ’18 runs towards second base in the game against McNeil.

  • Nathan Potter ’20 pitches to a McNeil player.

  • Cody Crider ’20 reaches to catch a ball thrown by a team mate.

  • Trevor Borses ’18 steps back onto first base to avoid getting out.

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Starting on Tuesday, March 20, the Warriors began their three-game series against district rivals, the McNeil Mavericks. The team and fans were eager to compete and indulge in the rivalry excitement. Over the week the Warriors went 1-2 against the Mavericks.

In their first game, the Warriors traveled to the Maverick’s field to play. The Mavericks were able to score their only three runs in the first inning. The Warriors fought to score, but could not and lost 3-0.

On Friday, March 23 the Mavericks came to the Warriors’ fields to compete in the second game. Once again the Mavericks came out strong and were able to score four of their runs in the first inning. The Warriors switched out multiple pitchers including Nathan Potter ‘20, Jake Morrow ‘18, and Chad Dixon ‘18 in attempt to prevent the the Mavericks from scoring, but still allowed for ten more runs. The Warriors on defense had to think quick as the Mavericks were consistent with getting hits.

“When we give up a run and get behind in the first inning, we just kinda shut down as a team,” catcher Ian Cox ‘19 said. “The result of the first inning can get us down, but we have to stay motivated to come back and score.”

However, the Warriors were able to score five of their own. In the second inning, Trevor Borses ‘18 ran home for batter Cox. It was not until the fifth inning when the bases were loaded and Harrington came up to bat. With a strong hit, baserunners Dixon, Marshall Dean ‘18, and Sam Zientek ‘18 were able to get home. With one final run by Borses in the sixth inning, the Warriors lost 14-5.

“It felt really good to get a hit that allowed for three runs,” Harrington said. “It struck the whole team with some hope.”

In their final game of the series, the Warriors took on the Mavericks once again on their home field on Saturday, March 24. The Warriors came into the game with determination to win and high energy in the dugout. Starting pitcher, Peter Fagan ‘19 was able to hold the Mavericks for the first inning, and the Warriors gained their first run as Mason Flood ‘19 was able to get home off of Garaldo Garcia’s ‘18 hit. However, in the second inning, the Mavericks scored three runs to take the lead, 3-1.

Going into the bottom of the final inning, the Warriors were down 4-3. Borses stepped up to bat and hit a double. Following, Flood hit a double which allowed for Borses to get home and tie the score 4-4. The next batter, Cox, was able to hit a single and get Flood to third base. Garcia ‘18, up next was walked leaving the bases loaded. As the tension grew, Kyle Clements ‘19 stepped up to bat and got a hit, which gave Flood the chance to bring in the winning run. The Warriors erupted in excitement because they had beat their rivals 5-4.

“Our pitchers threw strikes today. Peter did a good job keeping them down and Kyle did a great job coming in and winning the game,” heach coach Casey Carter said. “We stayed in it the whole game and never gave up. No matter what happened, we were determined to win.”

The Warriors will start their series against the Stony Point Tigers on Tuesday, March 26 at Stony Point High School starting at 7 p.m..