ERIE - Better now than next week.
The Warren Dragons suffered a setback against Mercyhurst Prep Wednesday afternoon, losing 4-3 to the Lakers in a non-region contest at Ainsworth Field. The loss drops the Dragons to 12-5 overall and ends an eight-game winning streak dating back to April 25.
"We did everything we could not to win the game," said Warren coach Rick Eaton, whose team led 3-0 after two innings. "We looked good early, then the bats went quiet. That's the game. If you're not on top at all times, it can get you."
The Dragons jumped on the Lakers early, as Collin Fantaskey started the action with a leadoff double in the top of the first inning. Fantaskey would come around to score two batters later on Tanner Stanz's RBI double, and Matt Hultquist singled home Ryan Gustafson to give Warren a 2-0 lead.
Cameron McIntosh gave the Dragons another leadoff double in the second inning, and Austin Schwanke cashed him in with an RBI single for the last run Warren would see in the game.
The Lakers notched just two hits to Warren's nine, but put one run across in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth to take a late lead. The Dragons' bats couldn't find an answer for Mercyhurst Prep reliever Kyle O'Connell, who took the mound for the final four innings and earned the win.
Stanz was stuck with the loss for Warren, allowing three earned runs on two hits and a walk. According to Eaton, one of those hits took a hop off the infield lip and sailed over the head of second baseman Tanner Teconchuk, and a misplayed bunt gave the Lakers their only other baserunner of the game.
Warren will return to action at 11 a.m. Saturday, hosting Jamestown at Old Legion Field in North Warren for Senior Day.
WARREN (3): ab-r-h-rbi: Fantaskey, ss, 4-1-1-0, Schwanke, cf, 3-0-1-1, Stanz, p-ss, 3-0-1-1, Gustafson, cr, 0-1-0-0, Hultquist, 3b, 3-0-1-1, Stanton, 1b, 3-0-1-0, Cerra, rf, 3-0-2-0, Ord, dh, 3-0-0-0, Teconchuk, 2b-p, 0-0-0-0, McIntosh, lf, 3-1-2-0, Fasenmyer, c, 3-0-0-0. Totals 28-3-9-3.
MERCYHURST PREP (4): Lehman, ss, 2-1-0-0, Peebles, c, 3-0-0-0, Forcier, 2b, 3-0-0-1, Upperman, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Pertz, lf, 2-1-1-0, Fugagli, 3b, 2-1-1-1, Corritore, rf, 1-1-0-0, Post, p, 1-0-0-0, O'Connell, p, 1-0-0-0, Meozwiecki, cf, 2-0-0-2. Totals 24-2-4-0.
Warren 210 000 0 - 3 9 1
Mercyhurst Prep 000 130 x - 4 2 1
2B - Fantaskey (W), Stanz (W), McIntosh (W), Pertz (M). WP - O'Connell. LP - Stanz.
Seneca 11, Y'ville 5
Youngsville found itself in a big hole early during Wednesday's game at Seneca, and couldn't find a way to dig out of it, as the Eagles fell to the Bobcats, 11-5.
Seneca put up four runs in the first inning, and led 7-0 by the end of the third. The Eagles battled back late, putting up five runs over the final four innings, but the damage had already been done.
Youngsville put up two runs in the fourth when Tyler Lehman, Thomas Henry and Andy Kerr each singled to load the bases, and Dan McLaughlin roped a base hit to make it 7-2. They added two more in the fifth when Caleb Linkerhof led off with a single and stole second, before scoring on a throwing error from the Seneca catcher. Kerr would drive in the second run of the inning with a single.
The Eagles added their final run in the seventh when Henry reached on an error, stole second and third, and game home on a James Frazier single.
Marino started on the mound and took the loss for Youngsville.
Linkerhof and Frazier each finished with two hits, while Lehman and Henry each scored two runs. McLaughlin registered two RBI. No Eagles recorded an extra-base hit.
The Eagles will resume a suspended game against Franklin tomorrow at home. The game began last Thursday but was called in the fourth inning due to inclement weather with the game tied 2-2. The Eagles will then host Union City on Friday in their season finale.
YOUNGSVILLE (5): Marino, p, 4-0-1-0, Linkerhof, cf, 4-1-2-0, Humphrey, ss, 4-0-0-0, Lehman, 2b, 3-2-1-1, Henry, 3b, 3-2-1-0, Frazier, lf, 3-0-2-1, Kerr, c, 4-0-2-1, McLaughlin, rf, 3-0-1-2, Cochran, 1b, 3-0-0-0. Totals 31-5-10-5
SENECA (11): Turner, 2b, 4-3-3-1, J. Magee, 3b, 3-2-3-3, Starvaggi, ph, 1-0-0-0, K. Magee, ss, 4-2-2-2, Strain, c, 4-2-2-1, Whittman, p, 3-0-1-2, Rea, cf, 3-1-2-0, Winslow, lf, 4-0-1-0, Fioeff, 1b, 0-0-0-0, Elsworth, dh, 4-0-2-0, Sommek, rf, 3-1-0-0. Totals 33-11-16-9
Youngsville 000 220 1 - 5 10 2
Seneca 421 004 x - 11 16 1
2b-Turner (S). 3b-Strain (S). HR-J. Magee (S). WP-Whittman. LP-Marino.
North East 12, Eisenhower 5
NORTH EAST - A day after Eisenhower apparently clinched an at-large District 10 Class A playoff berth with a five-inning, rain-shortened win at Iroquois, the Knights stumbled in a non-region game to fall to 5-10 overall.
"I was really hoping we could come into these last two crossovers and get a couple wins," said Ike coach Jon Vincent. "Our defense was just really bad."
Casey Vincent had three hits and Ryan Williams and Logan Bellardo two hits each for Eisenhower, which matched North East with 12 hits each.
Vincent's Knights have one last regular-season game at Fairview on Friday before hearing from the District 10 committee about the playoff bids. The Knights finished 4-4 and at the top Class A spot in Region 4, if Tuesday's rain-shortened game stands like it appears it will.
EISENHOWER (5): Cantrell 2b 4-1-1-0, Vincent 1b-ss 4-2-3-1, Hunt ss-1b 4-0-1-1, Lundmark rf-lf 4-0-0-1, Williams c 4-0-2-0, Sanders cr 0-1-0-0, Bellardo p 3-0-2-0, Fedorchuk cf 4-0-1-1, Spencer 3b 2-0-1-0, Jackson 3b 2-0-0-0, Arford lf-p 2-1-1-0. Totals 33-5-12-4.
NORTH EAST (12): Keith 2b 4-1-2-1, Zack Erb ss 4-2-2-1, Dawson c-p 3-2-2-0, Sowers p 3-2-1-1, Newark 3b 3-1-0-1, Roggi cf 3-1-1-2, Myers rf 0-0-0-0, Mowris dp 4-1-1-1, Koszawski 1b 4-1-1-0, Edy 2b 4-1-2-1, Totals 32-12-12-9.
Eisenhower 003 000 2 - 5 12
North East 205 122 x - 12 12
2b-Vincent (E), Erb (N), Dawson (N), Roggi (N). HR-Erb (N). WP-Sowers. LP-Bellardo.