Warriors’ baseball team wins against Upperman
By Andy Southard | March 30, 2017 8:41 am
Last Updated: March 30, 2017 at 8:43 am
The White County High School Warriors’ baseball team and Upperman High School traded the lead back-and-forth, on March 24, but, eventually, the Warriors prevailed 7-5. The Warriors took the lead for good in the top of the seventh inning when Jason Maxwell doubled, driving in Trenton Hodges.
The Warriors took the early lead when Logan Swoape led off the inning with a single. He was moved to second base when the pitcher balked. On the next pitch, the pitcher threw a wild pitch that moved him to third. Then Eli McDonald drove him in on a groundball to give the Warriors the early 1-0 lead.
Upperman would answer back with a four-run inning in the bottom of the second inning to seize the lead at 4-1.
The Warriors got within two in the top of the third inning when Dyson Reece led off the inning after beating out the throw to first base. He then stole second base and moved up on a wild pitch on the next pitch. He came home when Matt McCulley hit a long deep drive to left fielder caught, but Reece would tag up and score on the play.
In the sixth inning, the Warriors made their comeback. Down 5-2 entering the inning, Hodges got the inning going when he was hit by a pitch. Maxwell then hit a single. Swoape came up with runners on first and second with nobody out and hit a line drive off the pitcher’s glove, but everybody was safe on the base paths, which loaded the bases.
David Smith would then come up and get a catcher’s interference that would score Hodges and cut Upperman’s lead to 5-3. McDonald then came up and singled up the middle, which scored Maxwell to cut the lead down to 5-4. Macon Girdley then came up and walked, which scored Swoape to tie the game up at 5. But that was all the Warriors’ scoring for the inning.
The Warriors would get Upperman to go one, two, three in the bottom of the sixth and left the game tied heading into the seventh inning.
In the top of the seventh inning, with one out, Hodges got the Warriors going with a single to left field. Maxwell would then come up big for the Warriors when he hit a double off the centerfield fence to score Hodges and give the Warriors the 6-5 lead. Maxwell would then move up to third on the third pitch of the next at bat. Swoape would then walk to put runners on the corners with one out. Smith would then come up for the Warriors and hit a sacrifice fly to right field that would score Maxwell and extend the lead to 7-5.
In the bottom of the seventh, Hodges would strike out two straight Upperman hitters to start the inning. Then with a runner on first base and two out, Hodges got the Upperman hitter to fly out to center field to end the game and give the Warriors the 7-5 win.
Hodges got the win for the Warriors going two and two-thirds of an inning giving up three hits no runs and striking out three.
Drew Young got the start for the Warriors going four and a third innings, he gave up seven hits, five runs (one earned), and struck out one.
Maxwell led the Warriors at the plate getting two hits to lead the way. Hodges, Swoape, and McDonald had a hit for the Warriors.
With the win, the Warriors move to 2-6 on the season. The Warriors were scheduled to take on Stone Memorial on March 27 and 28 to start the week, but the stats were available before press time.
The Warriors will finish off the week when Upperman comes to town, March 30, with game time at 5:30 p.m. They will travel to Livingston Academy, on March 31. That game will begin at 5 p.m.