Dragons breeze to win in season opener
ST. MARYS — After two years, Warren’s baseball team didn’t waste any time. The Dragons routed St. Marys, 20-1, on Saturday.
“We came right out and scored six runs on six hits in the first inning,” said Warren coach Rick Eaton of the Warren 2021 opener. “After two years, a lot of kids were able to play and get some at-bats.”
On the mound, senior starting pitcher Ben Berdine was firing on all cylinders, literally. Bringing the heat at 87 miles per hour, Berdine struck out nine in three innings, allowing only one ball to be put in play, a Warren error.
At the plate, Berdine was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs. Micah Passmore, James Swanson, and Gio Elinsky had two hits each for Warren in a 14-hit attack. JT Blum and Dylan Maeder had three RBIs each, and Alex Borger, Swanson and Passmore scored three times apiece.
The Dragons (1-0) put the game away with a 10-run top of the fifth. Berdine had a single and a double in the inning.
The Dragons added nine walks to their 14 hits on the day.
Berdine threw just 48 pitches and Ethan Wilson allowed a run over two innings to finish out the win.
Trailing 4-0 after four innings, Warren’s junior varsity scored 10 times in the last three innings, including six runs in the seventh, for a 10-5 win over St. Marys.
Owen Blum finished 3-for-3 with five RBI.
Brady Berdine’s single in the seventh made it 6-5, Warren. Blum later had a two-run single in the frame. CJ Wyman was 2-for-2 with two RBIs in the win.