By: Connor Canfield
Lakewood, Ohio- The opening of the Great Lakes Conference play did not bring the Warriors any good luck as they fell to the Lakewood Rangers 12-4. The Warriors were coming off a loss to Midview on Monday but will have to wait a little longer to get back into the win column.
The Warriors started off with two straight outs but were able to get some momentum going after back-to-back singles from Tyler Danburg and Jack Burke, but they couldn’t cash them in. Enrique Lopez got the start on the hill for the Warriors and was able to navigate through a rocky first inning, allowing only one run as the Rangers would leave the bases loaded.
The Warriors would be quiet in the top of the second as they went down in order. The Rangers would come alive in the bottom of the second as they got men on base, scoring one on a sacrifice fly before Jameson Supinski would come up and launch one over the huge fence in right for a two-run homer to give the Rangers a 4-0 lead.
The Warriors would get one back in the third after beginning the inning with back-to-back hit by pitches before three straight outs. However, Josh Hill would get himself in a rundown for the third out and would keep it alive long enough for Avery Bruening to scamper home for the first score of the game for Fairview. The Rangers would go and grab the run right back as a leadoff single turned into a double after a bobble in right. The runner would then be moved over on a groundout and brought in via a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1.
The fourth would be the Warriors big inning as they would score three. Timmy Hollander started things off with a walk and would go to swipe second. Alex Barnhart would get on after his popup was dropped giving the Warriors runners on first and second to begin the inning. Enrique Lopez would then step up to the plate and rip a double out to left field to bring Hollander home. Sean McNamara would come up and drop a bunt down that brought Barnhart home and would be safe at first on the fielder’s choice. A walk to Bruening would load the bases and a Ben Leslie sac fly would bring home Lopez but a Danburg liner that would’ve done damage was caught by the pitcher after he just stuck out his glove to protect himself. Lopez would make quick work of the Rangers in the bottom of the fourth and Fairview would go into the fifth with all the momentum.
However, you could just feel all the momentum leave the Warriors dugout after they would go down in order in the top of the fifth. The Rangers would capitalize and would begin the inning with a walk and an RBI triple followed by an RBI groundout. Another RBI groundout later in the inning would make it 8-4 Lakewood going into the sixth.
Lopez would begin the sixth with a single for Fairview but the Rangers would retire the next three Warriors to prevent any damage. The Rangers would add another four runs bringing their total to 12 and nailing the Warrior coffin shut.
After two straight outs to begin the inning, Jack Burke would pick up a single but the Rangers got the next out and would slam the door on Fairview.
The loss brings the Warriors record to 1-2 (0-1 GLC) and gives them their first loss in conference play. They will get a chance for a revenge game next Monday but will first play Columbiana Saturday at Bohlken Park. The win moves the Rangers to 2-1 (1-0 GLC) and they will not face anyone before Monday’s rematch.
Josh Hill 0-3 HBP
Ben Leslie 0-3 RBI
Tyler Danburg 1-4
Jack Burke 2-4 RBI
Timmy Hollander 0-3 SB
Alex Barnhart 0-3
Enrique Lopez 3-3 RBI
Sean McNamara 0-3 RBI SB
Avery Bruening 0-0 HBP BB
PH Nolan Reis 0-1