Dragons continue big week with win over Cathedral Prep

Ryan Arnold and the Dragons beat Cathedral Prep 5-4 on Thursday.

ERIE, Pa. – Lance Baldensperger drove in two of the five Warren runs to support sophomore pitcher Ben Berdine, who allowed just two runs, one earned, over five innings and also had a pair of RBI in a 5-4 win at Erie Cathedral Prep Thursday.

It was the Dragons’ third-straight win over the Ramblers.

The Dragons (7-3) got on the board first in the second. Ryan Rafalski reached on an error and Berdine walked. Rafalski and courtesy runner Ethan Wilson both advanced on a wild pitch. One out later, Ryan Arnold singled to left to bring in Rafalski. Baldensperger followed with a sac fly to plate Wilson and give Warren a 2-0 lead.

With two outs in the third, Micah Passmore walked and Rafalski reached on a dropped third strike. Berdine roped a liner to center to bring both runners in and give himself a 4-0 cushion.

The Ramblers (7-3) cut into the deficit in the fourth. Alex Baldi hit a two-out single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Jack Malec singled to right and Baldi beat the throw to get Prep on the board. Malec scored as Michael Devore reached on an error to trim the lead to 4-2 through four.

Warren added a key insurance run in the sixth.

With one down, Tyler Gustafson and Arnold hit back-to-back singles, then moved up on an error. Baldensperger grounded out to second, but Gustafson was able to score on the play to give the Dragons a 5-2 lead.

A rough defensive inning by the Dragons allowed the Ramblers to climb right back in it.

Baldi reached on an error to start the home half of the sixth. With one out and Baldi on second, Jackson Mattocks lined a RBI-single to center to make it 5-3. One out later, Paul Causgrove reached on an error and Jacob Cooper-who entered as a pinch runner for Mattocks-scored to cut the lead to 5-4. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases, but Rafalski got Rockne Seidel to fly out to end the threat.

Rafalski pitched a clean seventh to pick up his first save of the year.

Arnold was the only Dragon with multiple hits on the day. He was 2-3 with a RBI.

Berdine was solid again in just his second varsity start. He scattered three hits over 4 1/3 innings, walked two and struck out three. Rafalski gave up two runs, none earned, over 2 2/3 innings. He allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out three.

Warren goes right back on the road again today for a showdown at Meadville.

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Warren (5)

Baldensperger cf 3-0-0-2, Grosch 2b-ss 4-0-0-0, Cummings 1b-rf 4-0-1-0, Morrison c 4-0-1-0, Passmore 3b 3-1-1-0, Rafalski ss-p 3-2-0-0, Berdine p-1b 2-0-1-2, Swanson rf 2-0-0-0, Gustafson 2b 1-1-1-0, Arnold lf 3-0-2-1, Wilson cr 0-1-0-0, Totals 29-5-7-5

Cathedral Prep (4)

Schleicher cf 1-0-1-0, Colvin 3b 3-0-1-0, Seidel dh 4-0-0-0, Kelly lf 4-0-0-0, Baldi ss 4-2-1-0, Malec 1b 4-1-1-1, Devore 2b 2-0-0-0, Mattocks 2b 1-0-1-1, Cooper cr 0-1-0-0, Oblich c 1-0-0-0, Sullivan c 1-0-0-0, Causgrove rf 3-0-0-0, Elwell rf 0-0-0-0, Totals 28-4-5-2

Warren 022 001 0 – 5 7 4

Cathedral Prep 000 202 0 – 4 5 2

DP-None. 2b-Passmore (W). SB-Arnold (W), Passmore (W), Rafalski (W). CS-Devore (C)



Berdine (W, 2-0) 4.1 3 2 1 2 3

Rafalski (SV, 1) 2.2 2 2 0 2 3

Cathedral Prep

Hopkins (L, 0-1) 2.2 4 4 2 2 3

Moore 4.1 3 1 0 0 4

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Hunter Loomis and Nick Hussey combined to score four runs and drive in six as Warren won the junior varsity contest, 16-4. Hussey was 3-4 with three RBI and two runs scored while Loomis was 2-4 with two runs and three RBI. Ryan Arnold had two hits, scored twice and drove in a pair.

Ethan Wilson was 1-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. He also picked up the win on the mound. He allowed four runs, all earned, over four innings on six hits. He walked four and struck out three. Bryce Blair pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the save. He gave up just two hits, walked two and struck out three.