CORRY - Warren and Corry have been region and District 10 rivals for years on end.
You'd be hard pressed to find a better game between the schools that Wednesday's game at The Ballpark at Columbus.
The Dragons rallied from a two-run deficit in the seventh-inning, built a four-run lead and then had to hold on to the very last out of a 12-11 Region 7 victory.
"It was just a wild game," said Warren coach Rick Eaton. "You could just tell it was going to be one of those games. Both teams were smacking the ball all over the yard and the ball was carrying well. We feel very fortunate to leave with the win today."
The Dragons (7-4, 5-1 Region 7) started the hit parade early - with the first two batters to be exact. Collin Fantaskey singled to start the game with a single and stole second before Austin Schwanke drove a pitch out of the ball park for a 2-0 lead.
After Corry answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, Warren plated four runners in the second to take a 6-2 lead. Fantaskey and Schwanke each had RBI singles in the inning and Matt Hultquist drove home a pair with a deep double.
After that, the Dragons' bats suddenly went cold. Meanwhile, the hosts kept pounding the ball. The Beavers would score the next six runs of the game and took an 8-6 advantage into the top of the seventh inning.
Down to its final two outs, Warren caught a break when Corry committed an error. The miscue left the door open just a crack for a Warren comeback.
The Dragons knocked the door down.
Carter Cerra reached on the error and moved to third on Cameron McIntosh's double. Todd Fasenmyer cut the deficit to one with an RBI single, bringing Ryan Gustafson to the plate. Gustafson delivered in the clutch, crushing a triple into the outfield that brought home the tying and go-around runs.
Fantaskey followed Gustafson's shot with a two-run homer that gave Warren a three-run lead and the Dragons weren't done yet. After Fantaskey's blast, Schwanke tripled and was brought home on Tanner Stanz's RBI double.
As it turns out, the Dragons would need each and every one of those seventh-inning scores.
"It got really close at the end," said Eaton. "They scored one run on a single and two more on an error that made it 12-11. The tying run was on second when we got a ground ball to shortstop that ended the game."
The Dragons' hit parade finished with 17 hits. Schwanke was 4-for-5 with three RBI, Fantaskey, Stanz added three hits each and Hultquist and Fasenmyer finished with two hits.
Tanner Teconchuk picked up the win in relief of starting pitcher Fantaskey.
The Dragons return to the field Thursday, visiting General McLane.
WARREN (12): Fantaskey, p-2b, 4-3-3-3, Schwanke, cf, 5-3-4-3, Stanz, ss, 5-1-3-1, Stanton, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Hultquist, 3b, 5-0-2-2, Cerra, rf, 4-1-1-0, Teconchuk, 2b-p, 0-0-0-0, McIntosh, dh, 3-1-1-0, Boger, pr, 0-0-0-0, White, pr, 0-1-0-0, Fasenmyer, c, 3-0-2-1, DeLattre, cr, 0-1-0-0, Gustafson, lf, 3-2-1-2, Totals: 35-12-17-12
CORRY (11): Patten, cf, 5-2-2-1, Wood, ss, 4-2-2-1, Do Silvis, c, 5-1-1-1, Engle, 3b-rf, 3-3-3-2, Da. Silvis, lf, 3-0-0-0, Harpenka, lf, 1-0-1-1, Northrup, lf, 0-0-0-0, Zajac, dh, 4-1-1-0, Shopene, 1b, 4-1-1-0, Sontag, p-3b, 4-0-1-0, Brown, 2b, 3-1-1-0, Smith, p, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 36-11-13-6
Warren 240 000 6 - 12 17 3
Corry 202 040 3 - 11 13 4
2b-Stanz (W), Hultquist (W), McIntosh (W), Engle (C) 2, Shopene (C), Sontag (C). 3b-Schwanke (W), Gustafson (W). HR-Fantaskey (W), Schwanke (W), Wood (C), Do. Silvis (C), Engle (C). WP-Teconchuk. LP-Shopene.
Junior varsity game
Warren 002 050 3 - 10 13
Corry 100 000 0 - 1 5
2b-Reagle (W), Retterer (W), Reiff (W), Drayer (C), Zimmerman (C). WP-Retterer. LP-Brown.
Eisenhower 9, Maplewood 0
GUYS MILLS - This is exactly what Eisenhower coach Jon Vincent has been waiting for.
His son, freshman Casey Vincent, tossed his first varsity no-hitter and the Knights' bats finally came to life during a 9-0 victory over Maplewood on Wednesday.
"I'm excited about the no-hitter," said Vincent. "That's huge for a freshman to go out there and pitch like he did tonight. But I'm also very excited about the way our bats came to life tonight. Everybody was hitting. Aaron Lundmark had a great night and broke a little slump by going 3-for-4. He played great tonight."
The Knights gave their pitcher Vincent all the run support he would need in a three-run second inning. Lundmark doubled and scored on Logan Bellardo's RBI double and Bellardo scored on Michael Spencer's double to make it 2-0. Spencer scored when Maplewood threw to second, trying to gun down the runner breaking from first.
Eisenhower (3-6) scored four more runs in the fifth inning. The scoring started when Casey Vincent doubled home Coty Cantrell. Moments later, courtesy runner Bryce Garris raced home when a suicide squeeze bunt attempt couldn't be handled by the Maplewood catcher. By the time the inning was over, Bellardo had driven in two more runs and the Knights led 7-0.
The scoring was completed in the sixth inning with RBI singles from Kyle Hunt and Lundmark.
The freshman Vincent controlled things on the mound, striking out 14 batters and walking just one. He allowed just three base runners all game - all on walks and errors.
Offensively, seven different Knights drove in runs. Bellardo led the way with three RBI. Lundmark had a team-high three hits in the 12-hit attack. Cantrell and Hunt added two hits each.
Ike returns to action Thursday, visiting Corry.
EISENHOWER (9): Cantrell, 2b, 4-2-2-0, Vincent, p, 4-0-1-1, Hunt, ss, 3-1-2-1, Williams, 1b, 4-0-1-1, Garris, rf, 0-1-0-0, Lundmark, rf-1b, 4-2-3-1, Arford, lf, 3-1-0-0, Bellardo, c, 3-1-1-3, Head, ph, 1-0-0-0, Spencer, 3b, 3-1-1-1, Jackson, ph, 0-0-0-0, Fedorchuk, cf, 3-0-1-1, Hamilton, ph, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 32-9-12-9
MAPLEWOOD (0): Nuhfer, ss-c, 3-0-0-0, Vosburgh, p-ss, 2-0-0-0, Klingler, c-p, 3-0-0-0, Douglas, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Robinson, 2b, 3-0-0-0, Kidman, cf, 2-0-0-0, Marvin, 3b, 2-0-0-0, Wheldon, lf, 2-0-0-0, Dempsey, lf, 0-0-0-0, Meadows, rf, 2-0-0-0, Totals: 22-0-0-0
Eisenhower 030 042 0 - 9 12 2
Maplewood 000 000 0 - 0 0 2
2b-Lundmark (E), Spencer (E), Vincent (E), Bellardo (E). WP-Vincent. LP-Vosburgh.
Iroquois 5, Youngsville 0
LAWRENCE PARK - Youngsville had its opportunities against Iroquois Wednesday afternoon, but the Eagles left 12 runners stranded and couldn't get on the scoreboard as they dropped a 5-0 Region 4 contest to the Braves at Iroquois High School.
"We just couldn't score," said Youngsville coach Wayne Marino. "We had guys on third three times with one out and didn't get them in. You're not going to win like that."
The Braves capitalized on Youngsville's defensive mistakes with a two out rally that scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Junior center fielder Jake Marino went 2-for-3 with a double for the Eagles, while junior left fielder James Frazier and sophomore pitcher Aaron Hoover also added two hits each in the loss. Hoover worked six innings on the mound, allowing two earned runs and striking out three.
Colton Edinger threw six scoreless innings and Justyn Roda closed out the seventh to earn the shut out for Iroquois.
The Eagles (2-6, 1-4) will look to turn things around on Thursday, when they welcome Maplewood in a non-region game at Davis Street Field in Youngsville.
YOUNGSVILLE (0): ab-r-h-rbi: Marino, cf, 3-0-2-0, Hoover, p, 4-0-2-0, Henry, 3b, 3-0-0-0, Lehman, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Kerr, c, 1-0-0-0, Frazier, lf, 3-0-2-0, Cochran, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Humphrey, ss, 1-0-0-0, McLaughlin, rf, 2-0-0-0. Totals 21-0-6-0.
IROQUOIS (5): Brown, cf, 4-0-0-0, Wodarski, c, 2-1-0-0, Finke, ss, 3-2-2-1, C. Edinger, p, 1-1-0-2, Khon, rf, 0-0-0-0, Roda, dh, 3-1-2-1, Karpin, 3b, 2-0-0-1, Wokoff, 1b, 3-0-0-0, R. Edinger, lf, 2-0-1-0, Major, 2b, 3-0-2-0. Totals 23-5-7-5.
Youngsville 000 000 0 - 0 6 4
Iroquois 103 001 x - 5 7 2
2b-Marino (Y), Finke (I). WP-C. Edinger. LP-Hoover.