Warren took advantage of a big fourth inning to defeat Girard on Wednesday evening at Old Legion Field, improving its Region 7 record to 2-0 on the young season.
Collin Fantaskey excelled for Warren, pitching a complete game and earning the win, while also contributing two hits at the plate and scoring a run.
The Dragons jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning when Fantaskey led off with an infield single and later scored on a single up the middle from Matt Hultquist.
Times Observer photo by Jonathan McAfoos
Dragons second baseman Tanner Teconchuk fires to first base while attempting to turn a double play in Warren’s game against Girard on Wednesday at Old Legion Field. The Dragons defense was outstanding all game long, as they defeated the Yellowjackets 5-2.
Fantaskey did a good job of shutting down the Yellowjackets bats through the first three innings, before they started to come alive in the fourth. After allowing the first two batters of the inning to reach, Fantaskey almost got out of the inning unscathed, forcing a fielder's choice groundout and then recording a strikeout, but two straight singles gave Girard a 2-1 lead.
Warren answered back with its biggest inning of the game. Jason Stanton and Hultquist both reached base to start the inning, and Tanner Stanz hit a double to deep center to tie the game. Carter Cerra kept the momentum going with an RBI single, with Stanz also coming around to score on an error. The Dragons added their fourth run of the inning when Todd Fasenmyer worked a bases-loaded walk, making the score 5-2.
The three-run lead was more than enough for Fantaskey, who worked quickly and efficiently to shut down the Girard bats through the final three innings. He finished with five strikeouts and just one walk. The defense behind him helped out, too, turning a slick double play in the third inning and missing a second one by a step in the fourth.
"(Girard) had a big inning, and we answered," said Warren coach Rick Eaton. "Fantaskey had a great game. He was very efficient, fielded his position well and had a couple of hits. Our non-region games against pretty good teams have helped us. We understand what it takes to win with a young group. We're getting timely hitting, good defense and throwing strikes."
Warren (3-3) will play its third game in a week on Thursday when Corry visits Old Legion Field in a makeup game from Tuesday.
Mark Reiff was 2-for-2 and reached base four times in a 7-2 junior varsity win. Sage Anderson and Derek Reagle had two RBI each for the J.V. Dragons.
GIRARD (2): Stevens, p, 3-0-0-0, Strubel, rf, 2-1-0-0, Ochalek, 3b, 3-0-3-0, Johnston, pr, 0-0-0-0, Schaaf, 1b, 3-1-0-0, Kohaw, cf, 3-0-0-0, Barrett, c, 0-0-0-0, Divido, dh, 3-0-1-1, Friend, cf, 3-0-1-1, V. Monico, ss, 3-0-0-0, A. Monico, 2b, 2-0-0-0. Totals 25-2-5-2
WARREN (5): Fantaskey, p, 4-1-2-0, Fasenmyer, c, 3-0-0-1, White, pr, 0-0-0-0, Stanton, 1b, 3-1-1-0, Hultquist, 3-1-1-1, Stanz, ss, 3-1-2-1, Cerra, rf, 3-1-0-1, Teconchuk, 2b, 3-0-0-0, Gustafson, lf, 1-0-0-0, Ord, dh, 1-0-0-0, Schwanke, cf, 2-0-0-0. Totals 26-5-6-4
Girard 000 200 0 2 5 2
Warren 100 400 x 5 6 0
2b-Fantaskey (W), Stanz (W). WP-Fantaskey. LP-Stevens.
Junior varsity game
Girard 000 110 0 - 2 4 3
Warren 430 000 x - 7 7 4
2b-Reiff (W). WP-Anderson. LP-Cole.
Franklin 10, Eisenhower 0
FRANKLIN - Franklin pitcher Nate Cardy limited Eisenhower to just three hits during Wednesday's 10-0 loss to the Knights at Franklin High School.
The Knights dropped to 0-2 on the season and have yet to score a run this season. They will try to find their offensive game Thursday when they host Titusville at Werner Park in Russell.
Franklin led Wednesday's game just 3-0 after three innings before exploding for five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Catcher Aaron Lundmark, leftfielder Shane Arford and second baseman Jeb Fedorchuk each had singles in the loss for Eisenhower.
"Right now we just can't hit," said Eisenhower head coach Jon Vincent. "When we do get somebody that puts the bat on the ball, they hit it right at somebody."
Eisenhower struck out just twice on the game, and Vincent said the Knights just need to make more of their balls in play.
Bryce Garris and Chris Sanders had two hits each for Ike in a 15-8 five-inning junior varsity loss.
EISENHOWER (0): Bellardo, cf, 2-0-0-0, Vincent, ss-p, 2-0-0-0, Hunt, 1b-ss, 2-0-0-0, Williams, p-1b, 1-0-0-0, Lundmark, c, 2-0-1-0, Arford, lf, 2-0-1-0, Spencer, 3b, 2-0-0-0, Head, rf, 2-0-0-0, Fedorchuk, 2b, 2-0-1-0, Totals: 17-0-2-0
FRANKLIN (10): Desko, ss, 3-0-2-0, Maxon, lf, 4-1-0-1, Cardy, p, 4-1-1-1, Madden, 3b, 3-2-2-2, Emerson, cf, 3-1-1-1, Guth, 1b, 2-0-1-1, Kahle, rf, 3-1-2-0, Bakker, c, 3-0-2-0, Stallard, cr, 0-2-0-0, Evans, 2b, 1-0-0-0, Huff, ph, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 26-10-9-7
Eisenhower 000 00 - 0 2
Franklin 021 52 - 10 9
2b-Cardy (F), Madden (F), Bakker (F) 2. 3b-Madden (F), Emerson (F). WP-Cardy. LP-Williams.
Titusville 14, Youngsville 1
The Youngsville Eagles found themselves on the wrong end of a lopsided region contest against Titusville Wednesday afternoon, losing 14-1 to the Rockets at Davis Street Field in Youngsville. The Eagles couldn't get the bats going and committed six defensive errors as they fall to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in Region 4.
"I really didn't expect us to beat ourselves," said Youngsville coach Wayne Marino. "We just had way too many errors."
Titusville starting pitcher Jay Bleday was nearly untouchable on the mound, allowing just one hit to Youngsville's Aaron Hoover in the game's first inning. The freshman was equally as devastating at the plate, going 2-for-2 while driving four of the Rockets' runs. The Eagles' lone run came in the sixth inning when Hoover scored on a past ball after drawing a walk, stealing second, and advancing to third on a past ball.
Youngsville will look to bounce back and notch its first region win on Friday when they play host to the Franklin Knights.
TITUSVILLE (14): ab-r-h-rbi: Foltz, rf, 2-0-0-0, Rapp, ss, 4-3-1-0, A. Bleday, cf, 5-1-1-2, J. Bleday, p, 2-3-2-4, Corklin, c, 4-2-2-1, Schwab, lf, 3-0-1-2, Melhenbacher, 2b, 3-1-1-1, Horn, 1b, 3-1-1-2, Hofmeister, 3b, 4-0-0-0, Totals 31-14-10-12.
YOUNGSVILLE (1): Marino, cf-p, 2-0-0-0, Hoover, c, 2-1-1-0, Linkerhof, ss, 3-0-0-0, Lehman, 1b, 2-0-0-0, Henry, 3b, 2-0-0-0, Frazier, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Cochran, p, 2-0-0-0, Kerr, rf-cf, 2-0-0-0, McLaughlin, lf, 2-0-0-0, Humphrey, rf, 0-0-0-0, Totals 19-1-1-0.
Titusville 301 208 - 14 10
Youngsville 000 001 -1 1
2B - A. Bleday (T), Horn (T). WP - J. Bleday, LP - Cochran