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Berdine hurls Warren to fourth victory

EDINBORO — After a rough seventh inning in a region loss to Harbor Creek a day earlier, Warren’s baseball team bounced back with a 4-0 shutout at General McLane on Wednesday.

Ben Berdine allowed just four hits and struck out nine over 5 2/3 innings, leaving with a 4-0 lead. Ben Sowa finished up the sixth for Warren and left two runners on to end the game.

Micah Passmore’s double in the first moved Sowa to third with no outs, but the Dragons only managed one run on James Swanson’s RBI groundout.

In the third, after Berdine and Swanson singled, JT Blum ripped a base hit to left that scored Berdine and Swanson when the all went past the left fielder. Owen Blum singled in his older brother for a 4-0 Warren lead.

That’s all Berdine would need, even though he worked out of a bases-loaded one-out jam in the bottom of the third. He retired 10 in a row before a two-out walk in the sixth.

Warren had a couple of chances to add more runs, finishing with 10 hits. Alex Borger was 2 for 3 with a walk for the Dragons (4-1 overall, 3-1 Region 5). Warren walked five times. JT Blum was 2 for 4.

Matt Leehan had two hits for McLane (0-4), which finished with five.

Alex Leehan took the loss for General McLane. He went three innings, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out one.

Warren coach Rick Eaton said Berdine threw 29 pitches in the first but settled in for a much-needed win.

“We have four games at home next week,” he said.

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