Dragons edge Corry for first baseball win

CORRY — After being shut out by General McLane on Tuesday, a couple of big swings got Warren’s baseball team going on Wednesday at The Ballpark at Columbus. The Dragons broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run third inning and held off Corry 4-2 for their first win of the season.

“Good one to get; any region win is big, especially on the road,” said Warren coach Andrew Morrison, whose Dragons are 1-1 in Region 5. “The big difference between yesterday and today was we got the hits with guys on.”

Eric Dippold forced a two-out error to reach in the third to set up Brady Berdine and Aidan Zdarko. Berdine doubled to right-center field to knock in Dippold, and Zdarko followed with a line-drive home run over the left-field fence.

All four runs given up by Corry losing pitcher Karson Chamberlin were unearned. He allowed five hits and a walk, striking out nine.

Zdarko earned the win for Warren, allowing an unearned run in the first inning on a couple of errors behind him. He threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, two walks and two hit batters, striking out seven.

“Aidan was awesome,” said Morrison. “He’s worked his butt off to improve and it feels really good to see him have that success he’s been striving for. He mixed it up out there and trusted his defense, and then obviously had the huge swing on the homer to give himself some breathing room.

“Our defense has been much-improved so far,” added Morrison. “We made some big plays to get out of tough spots today. We had a couple slip-ups in the first, but Aidan got us out of it. (Catcher) Eli (Snyder) threw two guys out and (shortstop) Konnor (Hoffman) turned a big double play.”

Hoffman relieved Zdarko in the seventh, leaving the bases loaded to end the game on a pop out to second. He scored Warren’s first run to start the game with a single and stolen base. He advanced to third on a fly out, and scored after the throw from the outfield got away.

“Still lots of room to improve offensively,” said Morrison. “Chamberlin is a good pitcher. It’s hard to simulate the 80 miles per hour we are seeing on the field in the gym, but we are getting there. Brady is locked in up there and had a great swing on a curveball to give Aidan a shot on his homer.”

Berdine was 2-for-2 with a base on balls for Warren. Chamberlin reached three times for Corry (0-4).

“Going to get a good practice in (Thursday), then be ready to go again,” said Morrison. “The next three games are Meadville, Prep, and McDowell, so we have to keep grinding.”

Warren hosts Meadville at 4 p.m. Friday at Old Legion Field in North Warren.

Warren’s junior varsity team won 9-0 in five innings. AJ Slattery threw a complete-game shutout, allowing one hit, one walk, and had 11 strikeouts. Colin Zdarko had two hits for Warren.


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