Warriors defeat New London, fall to Twin Cedars
The Warrior baseball team has run into stiff competition in the past 10 days.
Van Buren had won 12 games in a row before falling to West Liberty June 22. Since the 12-game winning streak, the Warriors are 2-3.
The Warriors teed-off on New London pitching in a game in New London Friday night, winning by a score of 9-2. Saturday, Twin Cedars was teeing off Van Buren as the Warriors lost 9-5.
VAN BUREN 9, NEW LONDON 2
The game was close through the first four innings as Van Buren clung to a 2-1 lead. A three spot in the fifth and a four spot in the sixth put the game out of reach.
Garrett Pedrick kept the Tigers in check through seven innings on the mound. Pedrick allowed two earned runs on five hits, three walks and seven punchouts.
Robert Barker had the big hit for the Warriors with a two-run blast. Garrett Saunders tripled, drove in a run and scored. Robby Laughlin was 1-2 with two RBIs and two runs.
Brandon Plecker went 2-4 with an RBI and a run. Tanner Smith went 2-2 with a run and an RBI. Tyson Sprouse had three hits, including a double, and batted in a run.
TWIN CEDARS 9, VAN BUREN 5
Van Buren’s home game against Twin Cedars looked like it could be a slugfest either team could win. The Sabers jumped out to a three-run lead in the top of the first but the Warriors responded with two of their own.
Twin Cedars scored two in the second to go up 5-2, and went ahead 8-2 with three more in the fourth. Van Buren responded once more, putting up three runs of their own to cut the deficit to 8-5. However, that’s where the rally ended as the Sabers tacked on one in the sixth while never letting the Warriors return to the scoring column.
Saunders led the Warrior offense with a home run, three RBIs and two runs. Plecker singled and scored a run. Barker went 2-3 with a double and two runs knocked in. Tanner Smith doubled and scored.
Sprouse took the loss as he threw 3.1 innings while allowing seven earned runs on nine hits and two walks while fanning three. Robby Laughlin pitched 3.2 innings and surrendered two earned runs on three hits and four walks with three Ks.
The Warriors are now 16-5 on the season. Their next game is at 5:30 p.m. tonight at home against Danville.