Warren's 10-11 year-old All-Star team was slow to start, but fought to the finish in an 11-9 comeback win over St. Mary's to open All-Star play on Thursday at Betts-Jackson Field.
St. Mary's started off the game hot, scoring four runs in the first inning, but Warren would answer with three of their own, thanks to a three-run jack by Austyn Cummings.
St. Mary's would score four more in the second, and this time Warren couldn't answer.
Times Observer photo by Mitchell Wilston
Warren's Austyn Cummings is congratulated by his teammates after crushing a three-run homer during Warren's 11-9 win over St. Mary's on Thursday at Betts-Jackson.
In the third inning the Warren All-Stars made a pitching change, putting in Lance Baldensperger who would eventually get the win, but they would still trail 8-3 until bottom of the fourth inning.
That's when Warren's bats started cracking.
A two-run fourth inning, made possible by a two-RBI double from Baldensperger, would make the score 8-5 before St. Mary's could pull away for the last time, 9-5.
In Warren's fifth inning at bat they opened the flood gates, scoring six runs to take the lead off of several walks and a huge ground rule double by Owen Balas.
A 1-2-3 inning in the sixth was all it took to hold of a St. Mary's comeback and seal the deal for themselves.
Baldensperger had five strikeouts in the win.
St. Mary's 440 001 - 9 10
Warren 300 26x - 11 7
2b- Lance Baldensperger (W) 2, Jackson Knupp (W), Owen Balas (W), Alec Bitler (M), Dan Wimer (M), HR- Austyn Cummings (W), Alex Bitler (M). WP- Baldensperger. LP- Hunter Casaner.