BASEBALL: ‘Good win’ for Dragons; playoffs next
With their position in the District 10 Class AAA playoffs already determined, the Warren Dragons took to Old Legion Field on Saturday looking for one more win to close out the regular season.
The Dragons used a four-run fifth inning to down visiting Jamestown, 6-2, in a non-region game.
“It was a good win. Jamestown isn’t a bad team,” said Warren coach Rick Eaton. “Now we get ready for the playoffs. We have to have our best effort come Tuesday.”
The Dragons will face Region 7-rival General McLane in the first round of the District 10 Class AAA playoffs at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Slippery Rock University. Warren defeated the Lancers twice in the regular season by scores of 13-8 and 4-0.
Warren took an early lead Saturday when junior catcher Todd Fasenmyer singled home Carter Cerra in the bottom of the second. The Dragons loaded the bases in the inning, but the Raiders worked out of the jam without allowing another run.
Jamestown struck back with an RBI single in the top of the third to tie the game, and took a 2-1 advantage when a rundown between first and second allowed the runner from third to come home safely.
Ryan Gustafson walked to lead off the Dragons’ big fifth inning, and stole second to move himself into scoring position with the heart of the order due up. Gustafson advanced to third on an infield single from Matt Hultquist, and scored on Tanner Stanz’s sacrifice fly to shallow right field, tying the game at two.
Senior leftfielder Cameron McIntosh drew a walk to keep the inning going, and Carter Cerra crushed a double into left-center field to score a pair of runs. Eddie Ord followed that up with an RBI single, and the Dragons took a 5-2 lead after five.
Warren (12-5) added one more for insurance in the sixth inning when Collin Fantaskey roped a double to score Gustafson, and the Jamestown bats were quiet the rest of the way as Warren secured the win, finishing the regular season with an overall record of 13-5.
A total of five Warren pitchers saw action on the mound, limiting the visitors to just five hits over seven innings of work. Cerra started and went three innings, allowing both Jamestown runs in the top of the third. Hultquist, Fantaskey, Stanz, and Tanner Teconchuk combined to throw one inning each the rest of the way, with Fantaskey taking credit for the win after working the fifth.
Ord had two hits and Cerra a pair of RBI in the last home game of their high school careers. Ord and Cerra, along with McIntosh, were honored after the game as the team’s three seniors.
JAMESTOWN (2): ab-r-h-rbi: Haberberger, 2b, 3-0-2-0, Johnson, ss, 4-1-1-1, Sisson, 3b-p, 3-0-2-0, Dehner, p, 0-0-0-0, Emerson, dh, 3-0-0-0, Guzman, lf, 2-0-0-0, Westley, cf, 2-0-0-0, Brooks, c, 2-0-0-0, Miller, 1b, 2-1-0-0, Kindberg, rf, 2-0-0-0. Totals 23-2-5-1.
WARREN (6): Fantaskey, ss-p, 2-0-1-0, Schwanke, cf, 2-0-0-0, Hultquist, p-3b, 2-1-1-0, Stanz, ss, 2-0-0-1, McIntosh, lf, 2-0-0-0, Boger, cr, 0-1-0-0, Cerra, p-rf, 2-1-1-2, White, cr, 0-1-0-0, Ord, 1b, 3-0-2-1, Teconchuk, 2b-p, 3-0-0-0, Fasenmyer, c, 2-0-1-1, Delattre, pr, 0-0-0-0, Retterer, ph, 1-0-1-0, Gustafson, rf-cf, 2-2-0-0. Totals 23-6-7-6.
Jamestown 002 000 0 – 2 5 1
Warren 010 041 x – 6 7 1
2B – Cerra (W), Fantaskey (W). WP – Fantaskey. LP – Dehner.