Dragons topple Corry in Region 7 finale
COLUMBUS, Pa. – Ryan Arnold had four hits and Micah Passmore and Austyn Cummings both homered as the Warren Dragons bounced back from a pair of tough losses last week with a 12-5 win in their Region 7 finale against Corry on Wednesday.
With the win, Warren locked up second place in Region 7, which is very important. Because Oil City, the No. 3 team from Region 6, opted out of the District 10 playoffs, the Dragons (12-6 overall, 5-3 Region 7) will have a bye all the way into the 4A semifinals. Brackets are scheduled to be released on Thursday.
In earning a season sweep of the Beavers (9-8, 3-5), Warren struck early and often, beginning in the first inning, as Cummings went deep off a Brendan Zajac pitch to make it 2-0 after Passmore reached on an error. It was Cummings’ third homer of the season.
It was Passmore’s turn in the third inning, as he took Zajac deep to right-center to make it 3-1, the first homer of his varsity career for the sophomore.
From there, the Dragons scored three runs each in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
Passmore, Cummings and Arnold were just part of the potent attack, as eight of the nine starters had at least one hit.
Ben Berdine was 2-for-3 with double and three RBI, Lance Baldensperger doubled, scored three runs and had three hits, while James Swanson and Mitch Grosch drove in two runs each.
On the mound Ryan Rafalski was efficient, striking out three and walking three. Perhaps the only blemish for the Dragons were the three errors they committed, making all of Rafalski’s runs allowed unearned.
Warren is scheduled to play at Meadville on today in its regular season finale, which will give them eight days between that game and the District 10 semifinals.
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Grosch ss 4-0-1-2, Passmore 3b 5-2-1-1, Cummings dh 3-1-1-2, Morrison c 4-0-0-0, Loomis c 0-0-0-0, Rafalski p 4-0-1-0, Baldensperger cf 4-3-3-0, Arnold lf 4-3-4-2, Berdine 1b 3-2-2-3, Hussey 1b 0-0-0-0, Swanson rf 3-0-1-2, Totals 34-12-14-12
Z. Lesher lf-p 4-1-1-0, Zajac p 2-0-1-0, James rf 1-0-0-0, N. Lesher 3b 1-0-0-0, Nichols c 4-0-1-0, Jackson 2b-p 2-1-0-0, Richardson cf 3-1-1-1, Elchynski 3b-p 4-1-1-2, Gentilman 1b 4-0-0-0, Brundage dh 3-0-1-0, Carey rf-lf 3-1-2-1, Totals 31-5-8-4
Warren 201 303 3 – 12 14 3
Corry 010 100 3 – 5 8 5
2B – Swanson (W), Baldensperger (W), Berdine (W); 3B – Arnold (W); HR – Passmore (W), Cummings (W); SB – Arnold (W) 2, Richardson (C), Carey (C)
IP H R ER BB SO
Rafalski (W, 4-3) 7 8 5 0 3 3
Zajac (L) 3 5 6 5 2 2
Lesher 3 5 3 3 1 1
Elchynski 0 4 3 3 1 0
Jackson 1 0 0 0 0 2
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JV: Warren 12, Corry 8
The Dragons took advantage of eight Corry errors and outsluggled the Beavers in a 12-8 victory.
Alex Borger, Ryan Arnold, Hunter Loomis and Nick Hussey all belted doubles for the Dragons, while Borger and Loomis each drove in a pair of runs.
Tyler Gustafson had two runs scored and an RBI, while Loomis and Hussey both had two hits. Arnold also scored three runs.
J.T. Blum went five innings on the mound, allowing nine hits and six earned runs while striking out five.