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Bats on fire as CHS diamond team cranks out 38 runs in three wins
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Coach Brian Connelly’s Carrollton Warriors varsity baseball team continued its strong offensive output over the last week by picking up three non-league wins.
The Warriors soundly defeated United Local 21-6, New Philadelphia 9-3 and Indian Creek 8-3. The team lost to Canton McKinley 11-2 in a non-league game.
The Warriors traveled north to Hanoverton April 8 where they erased a 2-0 deficit by scoring three runs in the fourth and fifth innings added five in the sixth and exploded for 10 runs in the seventh en route to the win. The visitors outhit the Golden Eagles 12-9 and committed only one error.
Junior catcher Isaac Moore led the offensive charge with four hits, including two doubles, and five RBIs. Senior Caden Buxton hit a home run and collected four RBIs while Parker Varney hit a double and had two RBIs. Cayden Rininger collected two hits, including a double, and one RBI. Senior Evan Lewis had a hit and one RBI.
Varney, Buxton, Cadyn Smith, Moore and Jaxon Rinkes all had one stolen base.
Lawson Irwin picked up the win on the mound, throwing four innings. He struck out six batters, gave up three walks and allowed two runs. Josh Price threw three innings in relief, striking out four batters and walking one, while giving up four runs.
The visiting Warriors fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, tied the game in the third, pulled ahead 4-3 in the fourth inning and added two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and one in the seventh as they downed the Quakers April 3.
Carrollton out hit the hosts 11-5, led by Buxton with three hits, including two doubles, and was credited with three RBIs. Rinkes and Moore each collected two hits. Varney was credited with three RBIs. Rinkes and Buxton each stole two bases.
Lewis was credited with the win, going five innings, striking out two batters, walking four and gave up three runs. Josh Price threw two innings in relief, allowing one hit.
The Warriors gave up one run in each of the first three innings at the Field of Dreams, but that was all the strong pitching effort by Irwin and Brant George would allow.
The Warriors put one run on the board in the second, three in the fourth and four in the fifth as they outhit the visitors 12-10.
The winners spread the hits out evenly across the roster with nine players collecting hits, led by Varney, Moore and Smith with two apiece. Smith had two doubles, while Irwin, Varney, Rinkes and Moore each had one. Brody Wade had a stolen base.
Irwin was credited with the win for three innings of work. He struck out two batters, walked three and gave up three runs on six hits. George threw four innings in relief, striking out two batters and walking one.
The Bulldogs jumped ahead 5-2 in the first inning and cruised to a 11-2 win over the Warriors at the Field of Dreams April 5.
Varney and sophomore Chase Oehlstrom had the only two hits the hosts could muster. Evan Shaw took the loss on the mound.
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