TIGERS WIN WILD ONE
Warsaw began postseason play with a bang Thursday night.
The Tigers got downright offensive, in a good way, to outscore Goshen 13-11 in a first-round contest of the Class 4-A Elkhart Memorial Sectional.
Warsaw (11-17) advances to play Concord (18-10) in a semifinal game Monday at 9 a.m. Concord hammered Northridge (22-6) 11-1 in five innings in the first game Thursday night. No. 10 Elkhart Central (22-5) meets Elkhart Memorial (10-19) in the second game Monday at around noon. The title game is set for Monday at 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers, who entered the sectional with an eight-game losing streak and injuries to a pair of key players, outlasted the Redskins in a game that took 2:37 to play. Warsaw had split with NLC foe Goshen during the regular season.
Senior Brock Anson was the hitting star for the Tigers, who built an 11-3 lead and then held off the Redskins. Anson had four hits, including a grand slam homer, and drove in five runs for the winners.
Garrett Gruenewald was the pitching standout for Warsaw with a tremendous relief performance. The senior entered the game in relief in the fourth and went the rest of the way. Gruenewald struck out eight, including the final out of the game with the bases loaded.
Warsaw rapped out 14 hits in the victory. Jason Ferguson and Kyle Morris each had three and Shay Hepler and Josh Frantz each had two. Jake Speicher had two RBI for the Tigers.
Warsaw dropped both NLC regular-season games with Concord, losing 4-0 and 20-4.
VIKINGS EDGE FALCONS
Tippecanoe Valley plated a run in the home half of the final frame to edge Fairfield 6-5 in a first-round contest of the Class 3-A Wawasee Sectional Thursday night.
Fairfield (18-10) had scored three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game before Valley notched the game winner.
Valley (14-8) advances to play West Noble (5-21) Monday at 9 a.m. in the first semifinal to be followed by NorthWood (19-8) versus Lakeland (7-20-1) at around noon. The championship game is Monday at 5 p.m. in Syracuse.
Star senior James Hackworth, who will play at Indiana State, started on the hill for Valley and also belted a triple.