Warriors beat Wildcats
WATERFORD — Warren High had a big inning in the beginning.
The Warriors plated seven runs in the opening frame en route to a 12-4 triumph over host Waterford High in prep baseball action Friday night.
“Our kids did a good job of just going out and hunting fastballs,” said Warren skipper Ryan Lemley. “And we got that big crooked number to start the game. We’ll take that any time we can.”
Seth Dennis was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI to spark the offense. Drew Huffman and Levi Tucker each had a double for the Warriors, who improved their record to 8-12 overall.
Righty Brett Gandee started on the hill and got the win. In four innings of work, he fanned five and walked three. Freshman Kurt Taylor closed out the contest with three scoreless innings.
Waterford fell to 12-6 overall. Noah Huffman was 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Wildcats. Righty Clay Hansell suffered the mound setback.
“A lot of it is just execution for us right now,” said Waterford boss Doug Huffman. “We’ve just got to bounce back tomorrow.”
Warren sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the first against the right-handed-throwing Hansell.
Getting things started, Dennis walked and stole second. After Austin Barta was hit by a pitch, Drew Huffman doubled home Dennis. Then, both Barta and Huffman came around to score on Noah Edgell’s single to center, making it 3-0.
Next up, Tucker walked and Edgell legged it home on Taylor’s one-out single to right. Tucker then scored on a wild pitch, and Taylor came in on Thomas Miller’s single to left, making it 6-0.
Back to the top of the order, Dennis had a two-out single to drive in Miller.
“That was a good start for us, especically since we haven’t had a lot of run production here of late,” Lemley said.
Waterford got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the frame when Noah Huffman beat out an infield hit and later came around to score on Braden Bellville’s single to left.
In the top of the second, Gandee, helping his own cause, drove in Edgell with a sacrifice fly to left to stretch the Warrior advantage to 8-1.
But the Wildcats cut it to five with two runs in the bottom half of the inning with Peyten Stephens scoring on an error and Noah Huffman on a wild pitch.
Warren upped it back to seven in its next at-bat with Dennis scoring on an errant pickoff throw and Barta legging it home on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the fourth, Huffman doubled home Stephens to make it 10-4, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.
“Truthfully on that play right there to me, they (Warriors) could’ve relayed to home and probably had a play on the lead runner (Stephens),” Doug Huffman said. “We did score the run, but we did get an out (at third) on that play.”
Capping all the scoring in the top of the seventh, Dennis and Evan Gandee each singled home a run to stretch the Warrior lead to eight.