BOYS 10-11: Warren on losing end of pitchers’ duel in Boys 10-11 all-star opener
In a game that saw only four combined hits for both teams, the Warren Boys 10-11 year-old all-star team fell to DuBois, 3-0, in game one of a best-of-three series, Saturday, at Betts-Jackson Field in Warren.
Warren (0-1) returns to action at 6 p.m., Tuesday, when it travels to DuBois in a must-win game to keep its postseason run alive.
Both teams came out of the gate slow with the first run of the game not coming across until the fourth inning. In the first, Mitchell Grosch reached on an infield error but he would be stranded and Warren would not have another base runner until the fourth inning.
The local team was able to stay close early thanks to the pitching of Nick Hussey. Hussey gave up a leadoff walk in the first, but responded by striking out the side in order to keep it 0-0 after an inning.
Warren and DuBois would both put the ball in play the next few innings, but sharp defense from both clubs kept the game scoreless.
DuBois put together a scoring threat in the third, starting the inning with a single. During the next at-bat, Warren’s Ryan Arnold dove and stopped a screaming one hopper to record an out at second, taking away extra bases and a possible run from the visiting team.
Hussey remained composed and would get a pop out and big strikeout to end the DuBois scoring threat with runners on first and third.
Warren tried to create its own rally in the top of the fourth. Lead off walks to Grosch and Hussey set the table, but Dubois starting pitcher Heath Means would force three groundouts in succession to escape the jam and keep things 0-0.
DuBois would strike quick in the bottom half of the fourth. A lead off walk and single put runners on the corners and a fielder’s choice would plate the first run of the game. Hussey struck out the next batter, but an overthrow to first base would ultimately lead to DuBois’ second run.
Warren’s Drew Williams broke up Means’ no-hitter in the top of the fifth inning with a single. Once again the Warren offense couldn’t get anything going and DuBois would plate another run in the bottom of the fifth on ta pair of Warren errors to put the game out of reach.
A 1-2-3 top of the sixth ended the game and left Warren facing a “win or go home” scenario, Tuesday, in DuBois.
Hussey pitched five and one-third innings of outstanding ball in the loss before reaching his pitch limit. Grosch relieved Hussey and recorded the final two outs of the fifth.