Despite being left out of playoffs, Warren baseball ends season sweeping Corry in DH

Finishing strong

COLUMBUS — Left out of the District 10 4A playoffs, Warren’s baseball team ended its season on Monday with a convincing doubleheader sweep at Corry.

Playing for one of eight teams in the D10 playoffs, the Dragons felt a victory over Fort LeBoeuf on Thursday may have done enough convincing, but both Region 5 teams were left out of a six-team playoff bracket. Monday’s games — 10-7 and 11-1 victories at The Ballpark at Columbus — may have taken away a tiny bit of the sting.

“I think tonight we saw a group of kids that weren’t happy they were left out, but handled it the right way,” said Warren coach Andrew Morrison. “They showed up, hit the crap out of the ball, and finished on a really strong note. I’m really proud of them.”

Warren finishes 8-10 overall with four straight wins to end the season.

“I can’t really stress enough how proud I am to be this group’s coach,” said Morrison. “I know if you look at our record, 8-10 doesn’t seem like anything real special… When six of your games are against 6A teams and Prep, it’s nothing to shake your stick at. We had some tough games for sure, but to end on a four-game winning streak is cool and shows that we were still improving when it ended. I wish we had a little more time.”

Warren trailed 4-0 in the opener, but stormed back for a four-run top of the third inning. The Dragons used a three-run top of the seventh to break a 7-7 slugfest.

“I think one really cool thing about tonight is we got contributions from all six seniors,” said Morrison. “Konnor (Hoffman) and ‘Dip’ (Eric Dippold) both had long homers; Dip’s being in his last career at bat was a really cool moment. Aidan (Zdarko) had four more hits, Andrew Bailey got in there and got his first hit and had a big RBI for us in the first game. AJ (Slattery) gave us five-plus strong (innings pitching) in the first game.”

Dippold and Carter Cochran had two hits and two RBI each in the first win, and Eli Snyder and Colin Zdarko added two hits apiece as Warren outhit Corry 11-8. The Dragons also had six doubles; two from Dippold.

“And then Brady was just flat out dominant in game two,” said Morrison of the future Gannon University pitcher. “I haven’t seen a high school pitching performance like that in a while. I’m not sure what the school record for strikeouts in a game is, but 14 has to be close.”

In 6 and 2/3 innings, Berdine allowed three hits and a walk without an earned run.

Offensively in the 11-1 win, Aidan Zdarko was 3-for-5 with two RBI, Dippold added his third double of the day and a home run in his last high school at bat, and Berdine and Hoffman added two hits apiece. Hoffman led off the game with a home run for a 1-0 lead and ended the game with a strikeout on the mound.


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