BASEBALL: Close losses for Warren, Eisenhower

HARBORCREEK – Warren was just three outs away from victory Monday at Harbor Creek before a couple late game miscues allowed the Huskies to tie and later win the game, 4-3, at Harbor Creek High School.

The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead through the first two innings, but Warren (4-4, 3-1 Region 7) quickly got itself back in the game with a two-spot in the fifth inning. Both runs came in one swing of Collin Fantaskey’s bat as the junior sent a pitch screaming out of the park to tie the game at 2-2.

The Dragons jumped ahead in the sixth by manufacturing a run for a 3-2 lead. Matt Hultquist singled to start the inning and moved to third on a double by Tanner Stanz. Moments later, Carter Cerra’s RBI groundout brought home Hultquist to give Warren the lead.

Warren was clinging to the one-run lead until the bottom of the seventh, but back-to-back errors – Warren’s only two of the game – helped set the table for the Huskies’ tying run.

Tied 3-3 in the eighth inning, Warren was unable to push the go-ahead run across the plate and it would run into trouble defensively in the bottom of the eighth.

“We hit a batter with a pitch and then I called for an intentional walk,” said Warren coach Rick Eaton. “They loaded the bases by drawing another walk and then won the game with a clean single up the middle.

“It was a tough luck loss for Collin. He pitched a fantastic game. Overall, I was very pleased with the way we played today. We just had a couple mistakes at bad times and that was the ball game.”

Warren finished with 10 hits to Harbor Creek’s six. Fantaskey finished with three of those hits while Hultquist and Stanz finished with two hits each. Stanz, Austin Schwanke and Ryan Gustafson all doubled in the loss for Warren.

Jake Retteter hit a two-run homer and Mark Reiff a three-run homer in the top of the seventh, rallying Warren’s junior varsity team to a 6-4 victory.

The Dragons return to the diamond Wednesday, hosting Fort LeBoeuf.

Iroquois 3, Eisenhower 2

As happy as Eisenhower coach Jon Vincent was with his team’s victory over Titusville last week, he was equally dismayed after Monday’s 3-2 loss to Iroquois at Werner Park in Russell.

“The games against Youngsville and Iroquois, we just have to have,” said Vincent. “We were cruising along into that sixth inning and the wheels just fell off. We made a couple errors and things just snowballed and we found ourselves down, 3-1.”

The Knights (1-3) appeared to be on their way to starting a busy week with a win, leading 1-0 after five innings. Jeb Fedorchuk singled to lead off the fifth and eventually scored on a Casey Vincent groundout to produce the only run through five innings.

In the sixth, the Braves struck and plated all three of their runs to take a two-run lead. Eisenhower tried to respond in the bottom of the inning, making it 3-2 when Kyle Hunt’s RBI double drove in Aaron Lundmark. However, a key base running mistake later in the inning stalled the momentum and Iroquois escaped with the one-run win.

Casey Vincent allowed just three hits and struck out 12 in seven innings of work. Hunt had two of the team’s six hits with Coty Cantrell, Vincent, Fedorchuk and Shane Arford also collecting singles.

Monday’s regularly scheduled game with Mercyhurst Prep will be made up at a later date. According to District 10 rules, region games (like that with Iroquois) must be played before non-region games (like that with Mercyhurst Prep).

The Knights will continue a busy week on Tuesday when they visit Northwestern in Albion for a crossover game.