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April 28, 2012

PREP BASEBALL: Warriors get first NLC win of 2012, hold off Redskins

Opportunistic Wawasee plays good defense, gets good pitching in home win

SYRACUSE — Friday night’s NLC baseball matchup between Wawasee and Goshen featured two scuffling squads in search of their first conference win as the midpoint of the 2012 season approaches: Goshen entered Friday  night’s game at 4-11 overall (0-5 NLC; the Warriors were 3-10 (0-5).            

Somebody was going to pick up that first conference victory. And it was probably going to be the team that finally caught a break or two and got clutch hits.            

That team turned out to be the Warriors, who got six strong innings from junior pitcher Derrick Sorensen en route to a 4-2 win over the Redskins.            

Wawasee coach John Blunk was happy to see his team break through with the conference victory, and especially pleased with Sorensen’s quality start in just his second outing of the season.          

“We finally decided to play Dirtbag baseball,” Blunk said. “We played good defense  and got some timely hits.            

Wawasee took advantage of a Goshen miscue right off the bat, as Si Shear reached on an error.            

With one out, Derrick Sorensen walked, and Shear tagged up and moved to third on a Joe Fleagle flyout.            

Then, the Warriors went to the kind of small-ball play that can nonetheless give a struggling team a spark: Wawasee executed a double steal, and Shear just beat the throw home to put the Warriors up, 1-0.            

The Warriors added another run in the home half of the third. With one out, Gage Reinhard singled, and advanced to third on a Sorensen double. A Fleagle groundout to short plated Reinhard and the Warriors led 2-0.            

Goshen rallied to tie it in the top of the fourth. Austin Henke led off with a triple, and  a Jorge Pizana walk put runners at first and third with none out. Sylas Buller hit into a 6-4-3 double play, but the first run scored. Travis Pickard was hit by a pitch and stole second. Pickard scored on a Luke Harris RBI double to tie the contest.            

But Wawasee came right back with a run in the bottom of the fourth.

With two outs, John Been singled, and Drew Anderson reached on an error. Shear drove in Beer with an RBI single.            

The Warriors added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth.            

Shear was a big part of the Warrior offensive effort, sparking the first run and going 2-for-4.            

The double steal, Shear said, was a great call by the Warrior coaches.            

“I noticed their infielders were both back by second base, and luckily the throw was a bit off and I was able to get in there,” Shear said.            

For Goshen coach Hal Farmwald, the frustration he and his team feels is palpable.            

“We just didn’t play well tonight,” Farmwald said. “We didn’t do the little things, and we made too many errors again. We had several opportunities to close out innings, and we didn’t.”            

Goshen returns to action on Monday at NorthWood. Wawasee travels to Concord, also on Monday.

                      

Wawasee 4, Goshen 2

Goshen    000 200 0 — 2-2-3

Wawasee    101 110 x — 4-7-0

Pitching: (Wawasee) Derrick Sorensen winner, Si Shear (7) for save. (Goshen) Sylas Buller.

Hitting: (Wawasee) Derrick Sorensen two doubles, Si Shear two singles, Nate Hare RBI single. (Goshen) Austin Henke triple, Luke Harris double.

JV score: Wawasee, 8-3 (E.J. Solina winning pitcher; Nate Prescott and Donovan Navarro both two hits for Wawasee.

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