by Doug Glosson
In their first summer baseball game since June 3, Warren tried to knock off the rust against Hardin Jefferson on Tuesday, July 1. The Warriors' determination after the month-long break wasn't enough as Hardin Jefferson defeated Warren 7-2.
Connor Fry of Warren pitched the first two innings giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits, one walk and three strikeouts. The long layoff between games showed in this one early as two errors lead to two unearned runs.
The highlight of the second inning came with runners on first and third for Hardin Jefferson when William Pelt of Warren makes a spectacular diving catch in center field to end the inning and save two runs. Tate Gore of Warren came in to pitch innings three and four striking out one with two walks and no runs scored. Warren was finally able to break through and get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth thanks to some shaky play by the Hardin Jefferson defense. Connor Fry hit a fly ball that was misjudged by the right fielder that put Fry on second base.
Next at bat, a throwing error by Hardin Jefferson's third base on a grounder by Tate Gore scored Fry to cut into Hardin Jefferson's lead 3-1. Dylan Riley of Warren pitched the next one and a third innings with three strikeouts, two walks and three runs scored. Ty Choate relieved Riley with one out in the top of the fifth with bases loaded. With Warren's infield drawn in and looking for a double play, Hardin Jefferson's batter hits a ground ball to the first baseman who then makes a low throw to second that skips out into left field scoring all three runners making the score 6-1 in favor of Hardin Jefferson.
At the top of the seventh inning, Hardin Jefferson's first batter makes it to third on an error by the Warren's first baseman, but Choate did not let that phase him on the mound striking out the next two batters. Hardin Jefferson then hit a hard fly ball to center field that was tracked down again by Pelt for an impressive over the shoulder catch. Warren's bottom half of the final inning started with a base on balls to Bryce Sumrall and singles by Layton Vonberg and Ty Choate to score Sumrall.