After a tough run through the first half of the Northern Lakes Conference season, the Wawasee varsity baseball team have won two in a row after it beat Elkhart Memorial, 7-6, in eight innings Friday afternoon in Syracuse.
After allowing Memorial to take a 5-4 lead with a run in the top of the seventh, the Warriors responded with run of its own in the bottom half to take the game to extras. Memorial scored a run in the top of the eighth inning to take a 6-5 lead, but Gage Fannin was the hero for Wawasee with a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth to allow the Warriors to walk off winners.
Fannin also picked up the win with two-thirds of relief in the eighth.
Wawasee racked up 13 hits in the contest, led by Brett Carson’s trio of hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Drew Wright had a single, triple and an RBI, Andrew Milligan a two-run single and Nate Prescott had two hits and an RBI.
Wawasee started the NLC slate 0-7 but have since beaten Warsaw and Memorial at home to move to 2-7 in conference play and 7-10 overall.
The Warrior JV (8-4) rolled over Memorial, 10-3, led by an array of offensive stars. Lucas Garza had three hits, Rylan Kuhn two hits and Spencer Prescott and Sam Rookstool both doubled.
Wawasee will take to the home fields again Saturday morning in varsity/JV contests against Fort Wayne Concordia.
Softballers Double Up Memorial
Playing a twin bill in Elkhart, the Wawasee junior varsity set the tone for the varsity in a softball sweep by the visiting Lady Warriors over host Elkhart Memorial.
The Wawasee junior varsity took the varsity field first and rolled past the Memorial farm club 9-3. Wawasee led 9-0 before Memorial plated its only runs of the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Kayla White and Christy Carson both had three hits, two of White’s hits were doubles. Hannah Haines drove in three and struck out eight hitters in four innings of near flawless pitching, walking just one and not allowing a hit.
The Lady Warrior JV moved to 15-0 with the win.
The varsity teams were up next, and Wawasee pieced together a 4-0 win.
Alli Ousley doubled twice and drove in a run while Cristina DeLaFuente had two hits and scored a run. Danielle Gunkel added two hits and Kylee Rostochak had an RBI to pace the Lady Warriors.
Amber Lemberg earned her second shutout of the season, scattering just four hits and four walks while striking out seven. Lemberg’s shutouts have been in back-to-back outings after blanking Westview last Saturday.
Wawasee moves to 13-6 overall and 5-4 in the NLC.
Wawasee will compete in two varsity games in Saturday’s Eastside Invitational.