Warren tops Meadville in non-region game
Warren scored multiple runs in four different innings, and got solid performances from four different pitchers, in a 9-4 non-region victory over Meadville on Saturday at Old Legion Field.
Collin Fantaskey got the nod to start on the hill for the Dragons, and pitched three scoreless innings. Fantaskey also scored the first run of the game in the first inning when he reached base on an error, stole third base, and then scored on another error. Warren added another run in the inning when Matt Hultquist scored on an RBI single by Ryan Gustafson.
The Dragons maintained their two-run lead until the top of the fourth inning, when Meadville’s appropriately-named shortstop Ted Williams cut the lead in half with an RBI single.
Warren responded immediately in the bottom of the inning. Tanner Teconchuk singled, and Todd Fasenmyer was hit by a pitch. Fantaskey then laced a double to the fence in left, scoring Teconchuk and advancing Fasenmyer to third base. Austin Schwanke then scored Fasenmyer on a sacrifice fly to right field, giving the Dragons a 4-1 lead.
Meadville tied the game up in the top of the fifth with three RBI singles.
Warren again responded. Hultquist reached on an error, and was replaced by pinch runner Tyler Bradley. After a Jason Stanton walk, Gustafson connected on the game’s biggest hit. Gustafson drilled a triple to center field, scoring Bradley and Stanton and giving the Dragons a lead they would not relinquish.
Warren added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Fantaskey walked, stole second base, and scored when Schwanke reached on an error. Tanner Stanz then ripped an RBI double, and scored when Hultquist singled him in.
Jason Stanton got the win for the Dragons, pitching a scoreless inning and two-thirds. Jimmy Vile pitched an inning and a third, and Tanner Teconchuk finished the game up by tossing a scoreless seventh inning.
“We got some guys on the mound that hadn’t seen a ton of innings recently,” said Warren coach Rick Eaton. “We started slow with the bats, but we improved as the game went on. We’ll need to hit like that in our three big upcoming region games this week.”
Fantaskey and Gustafson each had two hits for the Dragons, who improved their record to 5-3. Gustafson had three RBI as well. The Dragons are next in action on Monday, as they travel to Edinboro to face General McLane.
MEADVILLE (4): Williams, SS, 4-0-2-1, Ferraro, CF, 4-0-1-0, Biggs, P-2B, 3-0-0-0, Grill, C, 3-0-2-0, Schweter, PR, 0-1-0-0, Redding, 3B, 4-1-1-0, Pruskowski, RF, 3-1-1-1, Mumau, CF-P, 4-1-2-0, Burchard, DH, 4-0-2-1, Foster, 2B-CF, 0-0-0-0, Stokes, 1B, 2-0-1-1 Totals: 31-4-12-4
WARREN (9): Fantaskey, P-LF-3B-2B, 3-2-2-1, Schwanke, CF, 3-1-0-1, Stanz, SS, 4-1-1-1, Hultquist, 3B-1B, 4-1-1-1, Bradley, PR, 0-1-0-0, Stanton, 1B-P, 2-1-0-0, Reagle, DH, 3-0-0-0, White, LF, 0-0-0-0, Vile, P, 0-0-0-0, Gustafson, RF, 3-0-2-3, Teconchuk, 2B-P, 2-1-1-0, Fasenmyer, C, 2-1-0-0 Totals: 26-9-7-7
Meadville 000 130 0 – 4 12
Warren 200 223 x – 9 7
2B- Mumau (M) 2, Fantaskey, (W), 2, Stanz, (W) 3B- Gustafson (W) WP- Fantaskey, LP- Biggs