Warren splits: Warriors win in softball, fall in baseball to Jackson
VINCENT – The Jackson Ironmen scored four times in the fourth inning and five more in the fifth to break open a close game and go on to defeat the Warren Warriors 10-3 in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League game Friday night at Warren High School.
Jackson trailed the Warriors 1-0 heading to the fourth inning, but collected eight hits in the next two innings to chase Warren starting pitcher Danny Pannell and cruise to its 14th victory of the season.
“Our pitchers threw strikes like we wanted them to do tonight,” said Warren head coach Mark Farr. ” We just got behind in the count too much and they (Warren) did what they were supposed to do.”
Warren took what would prove to be a short lived lead when Logan Schafer scored Riley Bobo with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third.
Pannell cruised thru the first three innings but immediately ran into trouble in the top of the fourth.
Tyler Spriggs and Nathan Parks led off the inning with back-to-back singles, but Pannell appeared to be poised to escape unscathed when he retired the next two hitters.
After Pannell balked both runners into scoring position, Alan Parawa beat out a slow roller to third scoring Spriggs and Parks came around to score as well when the throw bounced away at first base to give the Ironmen a 2-1 lead.
Cole Massie and Hunter Sexton followed with consecutive two-base hits and just like that the Warriors found themselves down 4-1.
Pannell struggled with his control in the fifth as he walked a pair and hit a Jackson batter to load the bases and bring an end to his day on the mound.
Garrett Kennedy came on in relief and was greeted by back-to-back, two-run doubles by Aaron Abrams and Jackson starting pitcher Tyler Shortridge to extend the Jackson lead to 8-1.
Sexton finished off the Jackson fifth inning with another run- scoring base hit and to make it an eight run game.
Parks’ double off the wall in left field plated the tenth and final Jackson run in the top of the sixth.
Warren scored a pair of runs off of Shortridge in the last of the sixth when David Ryan drilled a two-run homer well over the wall in left field to cut the Jackson lead to 10-3.
“We hit some balls hard all night but they just seemed to be hit right at them and they made some good plays as well,” said Farr. “David came through to close the lead a little bit there but we just couldn’t string enough hits together offensively to get back into it.”
Shortridge went the distance, scattering 10 hits while striking out three, while Pannell was saddled with the loss.
Kennedy allowed three runs in his inning of work while Ethan Estes finished up by throwing two scoreless innings of relief for the Warriors.
The loss dropped the Warriors season mark to 7-6, while the Ironmen improved to a very impressive 14-4.
“Last time we played them they didn’t quite hit the ball very well against us,” said Farr of the Ironmen bats. “Today they brought the bats and they deserved the victory.”
In most cases in the game of softball, a strike out can snuff out just about any rally.
Oddly enough, the Warren Lady Warriors used a strikeout to produce the go ahead run in a 5-4 come-from-behind SEOAL conference win over the Jackson Ironladies.
With Warren shortstop Kendra Lynch on second base in a tie game in the bottom of the fifth inning, Brandi Douglass struck out but sprinted to first base when the ball squirted away from the Jackson catcher.
Lynch took off for third and when the ball was not fielded cleanly at first she raced home to score what would prove to be the game winning run.
“It’s always good to get Kendra on base because she is one of the best base runners in the area,” said Warren head coach Rachelle Pallini. “She always seems to make things happen when she is on with less than two outs.”
Warren used small ball to score the first run of the game in its half of the first inning when Haley Murdock beat out a bunt single and advanced all the way to third base when the throw sailed over the head of Jackson first baseman Riley Strauser.
Riley Benson followed with an RBI ground out to give the Lady Warriors the early 1-0 lead.
Jackson got back-to-back one-out doubles by Sam Humpherys and Kacee Jenkins in the top of the second to tie the game and one out later Whitney Wills delivered a clutch two-out, run-scoring single to give the Ironladies a 2-1 lead. Jackson added to that lead in the top of the third when Kari Jenkins doubled and scored on an RBI single by Jensen Oberhalzer.
The Lady Warriors pulled even in their half of the third when Natalie Knowlton beat out a bunt single and moved to second on yet another error by the Jackson defense.
After Murdock was hit by a pitch, Benson plated a run on a fielder’s choice and Lynch knocked in the tying run when she herself legged out a bunt single.
Once again the Ironladies pulled back in front in the fourth inning when Kacee Jenkins smacked her second double of the game and came around to score when Alysha Kunz was thrown out at first on what appeared to be a single to right field.
The Warriors tied things up once again with a run of their own in the fourth on a double by first baseman Arriane Schetter and another infield single by Knowlton.
Warren starting pitcher Kaylee Higgins kept Jackson off the board the rest of the way setting up the pivotal fifth inning.
Lynch reached base on a bunt single before swiping second base to set up the game winning play.
Higgins benefited on the mound by a double play by her Lady Warrior defense in the fifth inning and fanned a pair of Jackson hitters in the sixth to send the game to the final inning with the Warriors clinging to the 5-4 lead.
Jackson’s Kelly Hughes reached base in the seventh on a one-out walk, but Kari Jenkins grounded the ball sharply to Lynch who flipped to her sister Kylee at second base and her relay throw to first resulted in a game ending 6-4-3 double play.
“That is pretty neat to have a pair of sisters turn a game ending double play like that,” said Pallini. “They were both pretty excited about that.”
The Warriors remained undefeated at 6-0 in conference play and improved to 11-2 overall, while Jackson slipped to 8-8 overall and 2-3 in league action.
Higgins was credited with the win as she scattered 10 hits while Kacee Jenkins took the loss for Jackson.
The Lady Warriors will travel to Portsmouth Clay to compete in a round robin doubleheader today.