The Warriors got off to a good start Friday in the Summer Series. Kenny Rosenberg dominated IBAC, throwing a complete game shutout. He mixed in all his pitches throughout the whole game, winning 4-0. The game was scoreless until the 4th inning, when Kevin Jordan started a rally with a double. Chris Hayman then laid down a great bunt, and the defense threw the ball away to allow Jordan to score. In the following inning, Jamal Clarke blasted a double over the outfielders’ heads to drive in a run and then scored one inning later. These late scoring bursts put the game out of reach.
In the second game of the day, the Warriors couldn’t continue their hot start and lost a close battle, 4-3. Despite some good pitching by Chris Moreno, the Warriors couldn’t get enough offense to pull ahead of the West Coast Bulldogs. Massimo Kaz hit a big double, however, which helped keep the game in reach.
The third game of the tournament, the first on Saturday at 8:30, did not go well for the Warriors. Although they only lost 4-1, they managed a mere 3 hits against a good opposing pitcher from the West Coast Clippers. His counterpart for the Warriors, starting pitcher Rhett Gibbs, battled in his outing but ended up giving up the 4 runs. The Warriors’ lone bright spot was the run they scored on a wild play. Anthony Firenzi singled and was followed by a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Jordan. Firenzi kept running after the out was recorded at first and forced an inaccurate throw that allowed him to score. Other than that, the Warriors were held in check and hoped to find a better result in their next game to get back to .500.
The Warriors final game on Saturday was a wild one, but they were able to pull out a 9-8 win. As can be seen by the final score, there was a lot of hitting in this game by both sides. Firenzi and Massimo both had a couple hits and the Warriors scored 7 runs in the first 3 innings. With this big lead, they never fell behind again, although they gave up some runs to keep it close until the end. Sean Donavan gave the Warriors 5 big innings in this game, and Kit Larson came in at the end to pick up the save. This was a big win for the Warriors to put them in position to gain some ground in the pool play on Sunday.
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