(Myrtle Beach, SC) Spring Break for the Westerville North baseball team ended on a high note. The team finished the trip with a 3-2 record after claiming two victories on Friday.
One of Friday’s games was the continuation of a game that began on Monday, but had to be postponed due to a scheduling conflict with the city of Myrtle Beach and the Ripken Experience. After Monday’s portion of the game, the game was left at a 5-5 tie after 7 innings.
On Friday, the Warriors would continue their battle with Paintsville High School out of Kentucky. The bonus portion of the game would include four pretty intense extra innings before the Warriors finally prevailed, 7-5.
The Warriors threatened in several innings, but were unable to get that necessary hit needed to break the game open in the first three extra innings. In the top of the 11th inning that all changed. Nolan Todys reached based on a fielder’s choice when Paintsville’s defense successfully threw out the lead runner on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Todys.
With one out, Todys was courtesy run for by freshman Ty O’Hearn. O’Hearn stole second and
reached third base on an infield hit by Andew Dellasanta. O’Hearn then scored on a two strike safety squeeze by catcher Harper Flynn to give the Warriors the lead, 6-5. The second run of the inning was scored when Adam Stefanelli hit a line drive single to the outfield scoring Dellasanta giving the Warriors their seventh run.
Taking over for the Warriors on the hill for the four extra innings was also
Nolan Todys. Todys competed well and had the help from a very strong defense behind him which included a 6-4-3 double play with bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 10th to get out of the inning.
Finalizing this game with Paintsville evened the Warriors record at 2-2 after they dropped consecutive games Tuesday and Thursday versus Council Rock South High School (PA) and Rowan High School (KY). In the two losses the Warriors failed to score any runs losing on Tuesday 10-0 and Thursday 2-0.
Friday night’s game was the night cap and started at 9:30PM under the lights. The weather was beautiful and it was a fantastic night for baseball against McGuffey High School (PA).
Leading the charge for the Warriors on the pitching mound was Chad Gordish throwing 6.1 innings allowing only 4 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 10 and only walking one batter. Gordish threw first pitch strikes to 24 out of the 27 batters he faced. Junior Mason Lowder came in to retire the final two McGuffey batters in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Offensively, the game was tied 1-1 until the top of the 4th inning when catcher Kraig Lowe ripped a line drive single into left field with bases loaded to score Josh Houston and Auri Dover giving the Warriors a 3-1 lead.
Then in the top of the sixth inning the Warriors broke the game open scoring three more runs. Key hits in the inning came from junior Brandon Bond, freshman Ty O’Hearn, and Adam Stefanelli. Stefanelli’s hit was a triple to the right centerfield gap scoring O’Hearn all the way from first base.
The final insurance run was scored in the top of the 7th when Mason Lowder hit a missile down the left field line to score Josh Houston who reached on an error in his at-bat. Lowder’s hit earned him “Piece of the Day” for the best piece of hitting in the game as voted on by the coaches.
This Spring Break trip was important for the Westerville North Varsity baseball team. The team was able to learn a lot about what they do well and what things they need to improve on. This should continue to be a productive spring season!
The Warriors first conference game will be Monday versus cross town rival Westerville Central High School at 5:00PM at WNHS’s Bernowski Field. Please come out and support your Warriors!