Warrior baseball picks up two wins to close out their week

By | April 16, 2018 7:35 am

Jason Maxwell takes a swing in Friday’s game against Livingston Academy. Maxwell went 5-for-7 over the two day span and drove in three runs to help lead the Warriors to two wins.

Hayden Farris throws a pitch in Friday’s game against Livingston Academy. Farris pitched the first three innings, giving up one run.

What was supposed to be a hectic end of the week for the Warrior baseball team ended on a slowed down pace thanks to Mother Nature.

The Warriors did win both of their games they played this week, wrapping up with a 4-1 win over visiting Livingston, on Friday. White County High School was scheduled to have played games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. After getting their first two games in, the Warriors had to cancel their game against DeKalb County, on Saturday, because of the rain.

The Warriors improved to 6-7 overall on the season with Thursday and Friday’s wins. On Thursday night, the Warriors had one of their best offensive games of the season, with an 8-3 win, when they traveled to Upperman High School. The Warriors finished the game with 12 hits.

On Friday night, the timely hitting of the Warriors and four Warrior pitchers combined to pick a 4-1 win over visiting Livingston.

On Thursday night, the Warriors would fall behind early, as Upperman picked up an early run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. The Warriors though, would take the lead in the top of the third inning, scoring two runs in the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Dyson Reece led off the inning with a single, and then Hayden Farris would move him to third on a single to put runners on the corner with no outs. The Warriors next hitter, Drew Young, would also single, scoBing Reece and tie the game up at 1-1. David Smith would then get hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Eli McDonald would follow that up by grounding out to shortstop but would score Farris to give the Warriors the early 2-1 lead.

Upperman would answer back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring a run to tie the game up at 2-2. However, the Warriors would respond with four runs in the top of the fourth inning to take the lead for good at 6-2. The Warriors would open up the inning with three straight singles from Macon Girdley, Cameron Beasley, and Reece. However, Upperman would turn a double play to get two outs in the inning, but the Warriors would load the bases again when Young was hit by a pitch. The Warriors would then get a big two-out single from Jason Maxwell, which would score Beasley and Reece to give the Warriors the 4-2 lead. Smith would then drive in Young and Maxwell with a single to push the Warriors lead to 6-2.

Upperman would get a single run in the bottom of the fourth inning, but that was as close as they would get, as the Warriors would add a single run top of the fifth and sixth innings to close out the game for the win.

Holden Howard would get the start for the Warriors on the hill. Howard would go two and a third innings, giving up six hits, two runs, and striking out two. Dustin Guy would pick up the win for the Warriors in relief, as he would go two and two-thirds innings giving up one hit, one unearned run, and he would strike out six.   Grant Slatten would earn his first save of the season, pitching the final two innings in relief. He would give up one hit and strike out two.

Maxwell, Girdley, and Reece would lead the Warriors at the plate, collecting two hits each. Farris, Young, Smith, McDonald, Chris Mills, and Beasley all finish the game with one hit.

On Friday night, the Warriors would take down Livingston Academy thanks to a strong start. With the Warriors trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the first inning, the Warriors would score three runs to take the lead for good on a single by Smith and a double by Maxwell to take a 3-1 lead. The Warriors would add an insurance run in the fifth inning when Maxwell would double again scoring Smith to push the lead to 4-1, and that would be the final.

Farris was the winning pitcher for the Warriors. He surrendered one run on four hits over three innings, striking out five and walking one. Maverick Jennings, Young, and Maxwell all put in work on the pitcher’s mound in relief out of the bullpen, steering the team toward the victory. Maxwell recorded the last three outs to earn the save for the Warriors.

Maxwell went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Warriors’ driving in two of the Warriors three runs. Farris, Young, Smith, McDonald, and Mills would all finish the game with hits.

The Warriors will return to action, on Monday, when they travel to Rhea County, with that game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. ET. The Warriors will then return to action, on Tuesday night, when they play host to Rhea County, with the start time scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT. This will be the first time these two teams have met this season. The Warriors right now sit in fourth place at 2-5 in District 6AAA play but will look to make their run over their final five district games with three of them being against Rhea County, with the other two coming against Stone Memorial.

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