By: Drew Harris
(Cleveland) Two days after dropping a heart-breaker in Murrysville to Chestatee, the Warriors got a measure of revenge by beating the War Eagles 4-3. White County got three runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, and Trey Cantrell pitched a complete game to pick up the win.
The Warriors got things going in the bottom of the first inning with two out and nobody on. Stetson Gearin reached on an error, which was followed by a Jason Ward single to center. Parker Applewhite then ripped a 2-run double to left-center to give the Warriors the lead. Applewhite would later score on a single by Ethan Ramey, who was red hot in the two game series vs Chestatee going 5-6 with 4 RBI and a homerun. The War Eagles would move within a run on a 2-run homer by starting pitcher Peyton Rider in the top of the 4th inning. The Warriors got a run back in the bottom of the 5th as Tray Gearin doubled to start the inning then came home on a Chestatee error to make the score 4-2. The War Eagles cut the lead down to one again the top of the 6th when Brian Crawford connected for a solo homerun. But that would be all the War Eagles could manage against Trey Cantrell as the Warriors hung on for the 4-3 victory.
Trey Cantrell finished with eight strikeouts while allowing only seven hits, one walk, and three earned runs in seven innings of work. Ramey finished 2-2 at the plate with an RBI and a walk. Tray Gearin, Ward, and Applewhite finished with one hit a piece.
The win pushes the Warriors region record to 4-6. They will be off on Monday and Wednesday, and will return to action next Friday, April 10th, at Monroe Area.