FPS staff report
May 6, 2013
|Warrior senior Andrew Collins breaks for second during early action from last Tuesday's game against Canton South.
The busiest week of the 2013 season for the Carrollton baseball team turned out to be a split.
The Warriors played six games, winning three and dropping three to bring their season record to 14-6 and 7-3 in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference.
Carrollton will begin tournament play Wednesday, May 15 at 5 p.m. against Indian Creek at Vaccaro in Steubenville.
Last Tuesday, the Warriors battled NBC leader Canton South at Hensley Field at the Field of Dreams.
The Warriors held a 4-1 advantage going into the seventh inning, but the Wildcats, who are ranked at No. 8 in the state in Division II, plated three runs to tie the game at 4-4.
The game went into extra innings with the Wildcats winning 8-6 in nine.
Senior Andrew Collins led the Warriors with four hits and a RBI, Zach Fry and Storm Mohn added two hits each and a RBI, Mirko Dobrijevic had a hit and RBI and Tyler Krantz picked up two RBI.
The Warriors out-hit the Wildcats 12-9. Each team had two errors in the game.
Jeremiah Lowery started and pitched six strong innings. He gave up three runs on five hits, while striking out three and walking three. Fry and Krantz pitched the final three innings with Fry taking the loss.
South took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Carrollton had a big third inning scoring three runs to take a 3-1 lead. They added another run in the fourth.
After a scoreless eighth inning, the Wildcats scored four times for an 8-4 advantage.
The Warriors tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth, but came up just short.
Last Wednesday, the Warriors hosted Indian Creek and came away with a convincing 10-3 win.
Collins had another big game for the Warriors with two hits, three RBI and scored a pair of runs. Adam Warner also had a pair of hits, a RBI and two runs scored. Dobrijevic added a hit and two RBI and Fry and Brandon Johnson had a hit, RBI and two runs scored.
The Warriors led 3-0 at the end of the third inning. Indian Creek cut the Warrior lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth, but the Warriors scored two of their own to take a 5-2 advantage.
In the sixth, Indian Creek plated a single run, but the Warriors took control by scoring five times for the final score.
Adam Birtcher went the distance for the win. He scattered nine hits, striking out two and walking four.
Last Thursday, it was another nail biter against Canton South.
The Warriors scored a single run in the top of the ninth inning for a 4-3 win over the host Wildcats. It was the first league loss of the season for Canton South.
Carrollton led 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, but the Wildcats was able to plate a run to tie the score and send the game into extra innings.
Warner had a good night at the plate for the Warriors with two hits, two RBI and a run scored.
Lowery added a hit and two RBI. Brannick added a pair of hits and a run scored.
The Wildcats out-hit the Warriors 10-9 and each team had a pair of errors.
Fairclough and Krantz did the work on the mound with Krantz getting the win.
Fairclough started and went 5.1 innings giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out three and walking two.
Krantz pitched the final 3.2 innings, allowing just one run on five hits with a strike out and walk.
Last Friday the Warriors were downed 12-2 by host Dover in five innings.
The Tornadoes’ Kyle Able drove in six runs with a pair of three-run home runs, while Aaron Sergent double and singled.
The Warriors only two runs came in the top of the third inning.
Krantz and Brannick each had a hit and RBI for Carrollton, while Warner and Collins each scored a run.
Fry took the loss for the Warriors.
Last Saturday Carrollton was again on the road where they split a double header with Claymont.
In the first game, the Warriors scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to defeat the Mustangs 5-3.
Mohn crushed a two-run home run for the Warriors, plus a single and RBI. Fry and Dobrijevic each added doubles. Brandon Johnson and Warner each had an RBI.
Lowery got the win in going the distance.
Derrick Barker had three singles for the Mustangs.
The second game was a wild affair with the Mustangs coming out on top 16-14.
Collins had a double and two singles for the Warriors, who had nine hits in the game. Brandon Johnson and Zach Brannick each added a pair of singles.
The Warriors led 1-0 going into the top of the fourth. They plated five runs to go on top 6-0.
But, the Mustangs came storming back, scoring two in the fourth, 10 in the sixth and four in the bottom of the sixth.
Carrollton rallied, but fell short. They took a brief 14-12 lead in the top of the sixth, scoring eight times.
Collins had a hit, run scored and three RBI, while Brannick, Dobrijevic and Fry each drove in three runs.
The Mustangs out-hit the Warriors 11-8.
Carrollton was to be at Louisville Tuesday and at Edison Local on Wednesday. They will host Louisville Thursday.
They will end their regular season next week. The Warriors will be at Salem on Tuesday and host Salem on Thursday.