Dragon offense keeps rolling as win streak reaches six
There isn’t much slowing down the Warren offense these days.
Jamestown (NY) was the latest victim, as the Dragons collected 13 hits and cruised to a 14-0, 5-inning win.
The victory is the sixth straight for Warren, which has outscored its opponents 53-8 during their recent surge
“We stayed back and hit the ball and they made a couple of errors that we took advantage of,” said Warren coach Rick Eaton. “We’re getting people that are seeing enough pitches and making adjustments. You’re going to see different variations of speed. We’re starting to lock into it.”
And everyone in the lineup is contributing.
The Dragons (10-3) scored five runs in the second and six more in the third.
Ben Berdine, who pitched four scoreless innings on the mound, started the run with an RBI single in the second, followed by RBI base hits from the red-hot Ryan Rafalski, Tyler Gustafson and Mitch Grosch.
In the third it was more of the same, with an RBI hit from Ryan Arnold, a Gustafson bases-loaded walk, a hard-hit 2-run double off the bat of Lance Baldensperger and another RBI single from Grosch.
On the mound, Berdine breezed through his four innings of work, needing just 55 pitches and striking out a pair to improve to 3-0.
Rafalski added another RBI single in the fourth, and a James Swanson sacrifice fly made it 14-0 and Grosch came on to get the final three outs.
Rafalski is now 5-for-6 with 9 RBI in his last two games, while Micah Passmore is 5-for-5 in his last two.
Through 13 games, the Dragons are hitting .348 as a team, and their pitching has been equally impressive. Berdine lowered his ERA to 0.49 and Warren’s team ERA now sits at 1.81.
They have a pair of monster Region 7 games on tap, at home against Harbor Creek for Senior Night on Monday, followed by a trip to Ainsworth Field in Erie to battle Fort LeBoeuf on Tuesday.
Harbor Creek leads the region at 4-1, while the Dragons are at 3-2, and General McLane and LeBoeuf both sit at 2-3.
“Essentially, it’s for the region,” Eaton said. “We have to win Monday. It was a good day (Saturday), we got 14 guys in the game. Couple of good wins and let’s carry it over into Monday and Tuesday.”
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Beardsley ss 1-0-0-2, J. Tonkin rf 3-0-0-0, Schultz dh 1-0-1-0, Dolce 3b 2-0-0-0, Boggs 1b 2-0-0-0, J. Tonkin 2-0-0-0, Scoma p 1-0-0-0, Matos c 2-0-0-0, Roehmholdt cf 2-0-0-0, Totals 17-0-2-0
Baldensperger cf 3-1-1-2, Swanson cf-rf 0-2-0-0, Grosch 2b-p 3-0-2-1, Borger 1-2-0-0 Cummings dh 3-0-0-0, Wilson dh 1-0-0-0, Morrison c 2-0-1-0, Passmore 3b 2-2-2-0, Berdine p-1b 2-0-1-1, Loomis 1-1-1-0, Arnold lf-cf 3-3-1-1, Rafalski ss 3-2-2-2, Gustafson rf-2b 2-1-2-2, Totals 25-14-13-10
Jamestown 000 00 – 0 2 4
Warren 056 21 – 14 13 0
2B – Baldensperger (W). SF – Swanson (W). SB – Arnold (W)
IP H R ER BB SO
Loomis (L) 2 8 9 8 1 0
Scoma 2 5 5 5 2 2
Berdine (W, 3-0) 4 2 0 0 2 2
Grosch 1 0 0 0 1 1
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JV: Jamestown 10, Warren 6
Hunter Loomis and Jared Gnage collected a pair of hits and Nick Hussey and Alex Borger drove in two runs each, but it wasn’t enough in a 10-6 setback.
Warren took a 6-1 lead in the first inning, only to watch as the Raiders came storming back.
Gnage and Swanson also had an RBI.