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Warren baseball falls to General McLane

Times Observer photo by Jon Sitler Warren pitcher Eric Dippold beats General McLane’s Cliff Moorehouse (3) to first base during a Region 5 contest Thursday at Legion Field.

General McLane won its fourth straight, beating Warren, 11-1, Thursday at Legion Field.

Warren won 4-0 against McLane earlier this season as the Lancers lost five straight to start the season. This time, General McLane jumped out to a 4-1 lead and kept adding in, improving to 4-8 in the region. The Dragons fall to 9-3 overall and 6-3 in the region.

Freshman Eric Dippold started and held the Lancers to four runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out five.

JT Blum singled in James Swanson for a 1-0 Warren lead in the bottom of the first, but McLane quickly loaded the bases in the second and ended the inning with a 3-1 lead. A bloop infield hits gave GM a 4-1 lead before Dippold threw two scoreless innings.

“He (Dippold) showed he can pitch at this level,” said Warren coach Rick Eaton. “If you’re sitting there with one run (offensively), you’re not going to win many games. We have to figure out” how to hit against better pitching.

Warren left the bases loaded in the fourth, but GM broke things open once Dippold exited. JT Blum relieved Archie Teconchuk, who had walked two to start the sixth. A two-run single and two errors later, GM led 8-1. The Lancers scored three more times in the seventh off Brady Berdine.

Warren hosts DuBois on Friday for the second game of three in three days.

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