Warren baseball wins 2 on Thursday

Warren senior Eric Dippold is out at home plate during a Region 5 game against Fort LeBoeuf on Thursday at Old Legion Field. The Dragons won, 5-0. Photo by Mark Evans

It was a good day, or days, for Warren’s baseball team in a 5-0 Region 5 win over Fort LeBoeuf followed by a 3-1 non-region win over Seneca on Thursday at Old Legion Field.

Technically, the Fort LeBoeuf game started on Wednesday — suspended to Thursday due to rain with the Dragons ahead 3-0.

Prior to the game starting on Wednesday, Warren recognized its six seniors — Aidan Zdarko, AJ Slattery, Konnor Hoffman, Eric Dippold, Brady Berdine, and Andrew Bailey — for Senior Day.

“Huge day — days, I guess — for us,” said Warren coach Andrew Morrison, whose Dragons are 6-10 overall and 4-10 in Region 5. “The boys played clean, fundamental baseball for 14 innings, and came out with two big wins. It was fun to watch.”

In the region win, seniors accounted for all nine hits and four RBI for the Dragons. Aidan Zdarko was 4-for-4 with two RBI, Brady Berdine and Konnor Hoffman had two hits and an RBI each, and Eric Dippold one hit and a run scored. Berdine doubled and Hoffman homered in the win.

Warren senior Konnor Hoffman takes the throw at second base against Seneca on Thursday at Old Legion Field. Photo by Mark Evans

“Our pitching was phenomenal both games,” said Morrison. “We were in a tricky spot with the suspended game yesterday. Brady was cruising yesterday, but went over 25 pitches so he wasn’t allowed to throw again today. Konnor came in and shut the door. He trusted his defense and threw strikes and shut a pretty good lineup down.”

The two combined on a two-day one-hitter against LeBoeuf. Berdine struck out five in 2-2/3 innings.

“Aidan was just dominant in the second game,” said Morrison. “He had a no-hitter going until the sixth, and just kept them off balance all game. We made a couple really big defensive plays as well in big spots. I’ve said it several times now, but our pitching this year has been awesome. A lot of credit goes to Coach Ed (Baldensperger) and Eli (Snyder) behind the plate.

“Offensively, we were better in the first game than the second,” added Morrison. “We were able to jump on them early and play with a lead. That is when we are at our best. Konnor had the big homer and Aidan was locked in going 4-for-4. He has just been lights out for us in all phases.”

Seven Dragons had base hits in the nightcap, jumping out to a 2-0 lead over Seneca after three innings. Felix Valencia, Carter Cochran, Tage Wyman, and Berdine doubled among the seven hits.

Zdarko threw a complete-game three-hitter, walking one and striking out six.

“We will see where this leaves us with the playoffs,” said Morrison. “I think we find out tomorrow. We are tied with Fort LeBoeuf now, so I’m not sure how that will work. We are hoping to get a shot. I think we are playing our best baseball right now. We have beaten three teams the second time through the league schedule that we lost to the first time. We will see. I am super proud of these guys either way for continuing to fight.”

Warren closes out the regular season at home on Friday, hosting Titusville at 4 p.m. at Old Legion Field.

“I can’t say enough positive things about our seniors,” said Morrison. “All six are fantastic kids that make us proud and are awesome representatives of our school and town. I will really miss them when this is done.”


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