Dragons get back in win column, trim Corry
CORRY — A two-game losing streak is nothing that Ben Berdine can’t solve.
The Warren senior took the hill at Corry and the Dragons held off the Beavers, 6-3, on Wednesday in a strong performance. Berdine nearly went the distance, allowing three runs on six hits in 6• innings, striking out nine and walking three.
After a double and walk in the bottom of the seventh inning, Berdine made way for Archie Teconchuk, who gave up a two-run triple (both runs charged to Berdine). Teconchuk settled down to induce a fly out and groundout to give Berdine the win.
Berdine threw 21 out of 30 first-pitch strikes and settled in to let Warren’s bats get to work.
Gio Elinsky and Berdine walked with one out, and Owen Blum’s two-out single to center scored one in the third.
Corry tied it in the bottom of the fourth, and it stayed that way through five innings.
Corry’s Nathan Lesher was matching zeros with Berdine before Warren broke out in the top of the fifth. James Swanson doubled to start things off, and Alex Borger reached on a bunt, moving pinch-runner Andrew Neal up to third. Dylan Maeder’s double moved everyone up, but Lesher got a groundout and strikeout to hold Warren to a 2-1 lead with two outs. Two Corry errors and four runs later, Warren led 6-1.
“We took advantage of what we could take advantage of,” said Warren coach Rick Eaton, adding Warren’s defense, on the other hand, made some plays to keep the Dragons in a close game.
Berdine and Swanson finished with two hits for Warren, which is 7-3 overall and 5-3 (including two wins over Corry) in Region 5. Berdine reached three times.
Lesher was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Corry (3-6, 3-5).