BOYS MAJORS: Boys Majors suffer first all-star setback

The Warren Boys Majors All-Star team suffered its first defeat of the postseason on Wednesday night, falling to DuBois, 10-1, in the winner’s bracket finals at Betts-Jackson Field in Warren.

DuBois pitcher Dylan McLuskey never allowed the Warren bats to gain any momentum, holding the locals to just one hit in the contest. The feat was made even more impressive considering that the Warren club had outscored its opposition, 30-5, in its first three victories of the double-elimination tournament.

Despite the setback, Warren remains very much alive in all-star play. It returns to the diamond on Friday, playing a yet to be determined opponent in the loser’s bracket finals. A win there would place them in the District 10 finals against this same DuBois squad. Warren would have to beat DuBois twice in order to advance to sections.

Coy Donahue got things rolling for DuBois right off the bat, leading off the bottom of the first inning with a home run off Warren starting pitcher Austyn Cummings.

McLuskey shut down Warren through two innings, striking out four, before allowing an unearned run on a pair of errors. Lance Baldensperger led the inning off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Jimmy Kramer.

Owen Balas then hit a ball into left center where two DuBois outfielders collided, letting the ball drop. Baldensperger raced around third on the error, but was thrown out at home. Not long after, Balas would score Warren’s lone run when Devin McMeans hit a sharp groundball that was misplayed by the DuBois shortstop.

DuBois added three more runs in the bottom half of the third. Two of those runs came on a homer by McCluskey. In a five-run fourth that broke the game wide open, Donahue added his second homer of the game as the visitors pushed their advantage to nine.

Cale Albaugh registered the only base hit for Warren, stroking a single in the fourth inning.

Cummings pitched two and one-third innings and took the loss for Warren. Jackson Knupp and Derek Knapp each made relief appearances.