WAWASEE 10, GOSHEN 7 (8 innings)
Wawasee rallied from a 6-0 deficit to beat host Goshen in an extra-inning Northern Lakes Conference road contest Friday.
The Warriors plated three runs in the fifth, tacked on another three in the seventh to force extra innings, then pushed across four more scores in the top of the eighth and held on for the win, their second extra-inning NLC victory of the week following an 8-5, 10-inning win at Plymouth Wednesday.
The Wawasee order collected 13 base hits in the win, including a 3-for-4 performance by Parker Young, who drove in four runs. Levi Brown, Austin Baker and Tony Garcia also finished with multiple hits for Wawasee.
Carter Woody went the distance for the win, surrendering seven earned runs off 11 hits with two walks and four strikeouts in Goshen.
Reece Fisher, Jack Immel, Braxton Kincaid and Colin Turner all collected multiple hits for the RedHawks, and Immel drove in three runs.
Kaleb Nine took the loss, giving up four runs — only one earned — off three hits and one hit batsman coming in to relieve Reece Fisher in the seventh. Dominick Reyes got the start and pitched six innings of five-run ball allowing nine hits with five strikeouts for Goshen (6-8, 3-3 NLC).
Wawasee improves to 8-5 overall and 3-3 in the NLC. The Warriors host Concord Monday.
WARSAW 8, CONCORD 4
Warsaw got up early and held on for its first Northern Lakes Conference win of the year over visiting Concord at Tiger Field Friday.
The scoring started in the second inning, when the Tigers plated five runs off two ground ball outs and the help of a walk, hit batsman and an error. They would add two more runs in the fourth as Noah Burgh connected on a two-run dinger over the centerfield fence.
Burgh was also the winning pitcher for Warsaw. He went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out eight. Joey Springer threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Jacob Hutcherson, Alex Light and Aaron Greene all added a hit in the game for the Tigers (4-8). Warsaw is back in action again Saturday with a doubleheader at Leo.
Also Friday, Warsaw’s JV won a pitchers duel with its Concord counterparts, 3-2.
Daylan Vermilyer went the distance allowing eight hits while striking out seven in a masterful performance for the JV Tigers.
Concord got things moving in the first inning, when Logan Sunday grounded out, scoring a run. The Tigers answered with one of their own in the bottom of the first with a one-out sacrifice hit from Drew Yeager.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Warsaw Tigers JV tied things up at two when Caleb Holterman drew a walk to score a run.
Tyler Barber, Drew Yeager, Gabe Bowers, Kuhn and Lukas Maier each collected one hit to lead the JV Tigers. They are back in action Monday as they take on Elkhart Memorial at 5:30 p.m.
PLYMOUTH 8, NORTHWOOD 7
The Pilgrims plated five runs in the bottom of the seventh to spoil the Panthers trip to Plymouth Friday night.
NorthWood jumped on top with four runs in the top of the first but couldn’t hold on as the Panthers gave up five unearned runs off of seven errors in the loss.
Jason Cripe took the loss relieving Alec Holcomb in the seventh, giving up five runs, three earned, off three hits.
Trey Allman and Jack Wysong finished with two hits apiece to lead the Panthers at the plate and drove in a combined five runs between them.
Wood drops to 8-4 overall and 4-2 in the NLC.
The Panthers play Bremen in their Strike Out Cancer game Saturday at noon.
GRACE 5, GOSHEN 1
GOSHEN 12, GRACE 2
Grace’s baseball team secured a spot in the Crossroads League Tournament thanks to a split of Goshen on Friday.
Houston Haney was dominant from the mound in the opening game, leading Grace to a 5-1 win. The Maple Leafs (17-27, 11-15 CL) found revenge with a 12-2 victory in the nightcap.
The series will be decided on Saturday with a nine-inning game at Miller Athletic Complex. The winner of that game also decides the No. 7 or No. 8 seed in the upcoming CL Tournament.
Grace’s appearance in the CL Tournament will be the first since 2014. The Lancers (14-24, 10-16 CL) also reached double-digit league wins for the third time in program history.
In the opening game, Grace scored in the first inning; that was nearly all the support that Haney needed.
Chris Griffin walked and moved to third with a pair of singles. He then raced home after a ground ball from Mitchell Enyart for a 1-0 lead.
The game saw zero runs from the second to fourth innings, allowing the Lancers to build on their lead.
In the fourth, Sam Newkirk walked and eventually scored on a RBI single from R.J. Snyder.
Grace’s cushion blossomed to 4-0 in the fifth. Jacob Sapp doubled with two outs, and David Anderson and Ethan Brooks both scored on the play.
The Maple Leafs were kept off the scoreboard by Haney for the first five innings. Goshen finally plated a run in the top of the sixth with a sacrifice fly, but that proved to be the only run for the visitors.
Haney took care of the rest from the mound. He went the distance, allowing eight hits and one run over seven innings. He walked two and struck out five to get the victory.
Anderson batted 3-for-3 with a run, and Xavier Harris hit 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Enyart had a pair of RBIs, and Griffin was 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Goshen’s bats were much hotter in the second game. The Maple Leafs pounded out 16 hits en route to a 10-run win.
Grace’s only runs came in the third when Enyart and Sid Elford hit back-to-back RBI doubles.
Elford was 2-for-4, Anderson had one hit, one run and a stolen base, and Enyart finished 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Friday was also Senior Day. Grace’s nine seniors were honored after the doubleheader, including Josh Tew, Branden Scott, Aaron Voirol, Enyart, Beach Harmon, Jacob Hammel, Hunter Ackerman, Scottie Clark and Logan Swartzentruber.