Wawasee closed out its Northern Lakes Conference on a high note, rallying past Concord, 5-4, Wednesday at Warrior Field.
Down 4-3 in the sixth, Wawasee strung together four straight singles. The third and fourth knocks, from Levi Brown and Jake Crousore brought in the key runs. Parker Young and Carter Woody started the rally with their hits.
Brown got Wawasee on the board in the second inning with a two-run single, bringing in Jeremiah Bess and Young. Jairus Boyer added an RBI single in the fifth. Young had three hits on the afternoon.
Woody would make the rally stand up, closing out his complete game, stranding two runners in the seventh to get the win. The hurler allowed six hits, two earned runs and six strikeouts.
Jack Lietzan gave up 10 hits and struck out five in the loss. Brandon Maynard paced the Concord offense with a hit and two RBIs. Concord scored single runs in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Wawasee (15-4) was in command of the JV game with a 15-4 win.
The Wawasee varsity snaps a seven-game losing skid to improve to 9-14 overall and wrap up NLC play at 5-9. The Warriors will face Lakeland Saturday in its final game before the Lakeland Sectional next week.
Wawasee had every opportunity to pull a major upset, but couldn’t scratch out a run in a 2-0 loss at Concord.
The Lady Warriors had nine hits and three walks, but left 10 on base and seven in scoring position. Wawasee loaded the bases in the second, but Concord used a fielder’s choice at home to gun down a runner and Alexis Kern caught Danielle Jenkins looking to end the threat.
The game marched on scoreless until the sixth, when Concord got its only runs. Skylar Hartpence singled, setting up Yadi Gomez’s two-run bomb off Kiaundra Olson.
Kern got Wawasee to go down in order in the seventh to finish the complete game, which also clinched Concord a share of the NLC title.
The Minutemen, who improve to 20-4 overall, and Northridge both went 13-1 to share the NLC crown. The teams split as Concord beat the Raiders 3-2 and Northridge topped Concord 9-0 in their second meeting. Northridge beat Plymouth 10-0 Wednesday night to do its part to share the crown. Concord’s portion of the title is its first since 2004, Northridge last winning one in 2014.
Wawasee (8-15, 5-9 NLC) will visit South Bend Adams Thursday.