By: Connor Canfield
Fairview Park, Ohio- It was a beautiful day on Monday afternoon, and what better way to begin spring break than with a game of baseball? The matchup was once again Fairview vs Lakewood and once again it was the Rangers prevailing as they defeated the Warriors 13-3.
It was the second start of the season for sophomore Ben Leslie and it was just an unlucky day for him on the mound. He pitched very well but the Rangers were just able to constantly find holes and hit it where the Warrior defenders were not. They struck for five in the first using a barrage of singles. Leslie himself would manage to single in the bottom half but nothing would come of it as the Rangers turned a double play to get out of the inning.
The Rangers would add another run in the top of the second but Leslie did a very nice job of pitching out of a minor jam to keep the damage to one. The Rangers would put another zero on the board as the Warriors were not able to muster any offense in the bottom half.
It was the Enrique Lopez inning in the top half of the third inning as after a leadoff single by the Rangers, he would proceed to make all three outs including a sliding grab. The Warriors would get a two-out runner in the form of Josh Hill after he reached on an error but a nice diving grab by the Rangers second baseman robbed Ben Leslie of a hit and the Warriors went scoreless again.
Leslie would pitch out of a jam after a couple of one-out singles to put another zero on the board. The Warriors would come alive in the bottom half after Danburg and Burke both got on base to begin the inning before Timmy Hollander would drive Danburg in with an infield single. Jack Burke would go steal a run from the Rangers as he stole home after Hollander stole second to make it 6-2. After two straight outs, Sean McNamara would get a bloop single that was just out of the reach of the Ranger right fielder to drive in a third run to make it 6-3. The Warriors would load the bases again but couldn’t cash in any further damage but they managed to cut the lead in half going into the fifth.
Jack Burke would come in relief of Ben Leslie in the fifth inning. He would get a quick first two outs but couldn’t get that last one and the Rangers cashed in a couple of more runs to make it 8-3. The Warriors couldn’t strike back as they went down in order in the fifth.
The Rangers would pour in five runs in the sixth but one nice play happened as a single was roped into right field and Leslie would fire into his cut man Jack Burke at first, who had just been pulled for Jay Foose on the mound, and Burke would fire a strike to Danburg at home to mow down a Ranger runner. The Warriors would get Barnhart on in the bottom of the sixth but couldn’t move him over and that would end things as the Warriors were down ten, triggering the run rule.
The Warriors dropped their third straight and fall to 1-3 (0-2 GLC) on the year. They will have a quick turnaround as they head down to Buck country tomorrow to take on Buckeye. Lakewood wins their second straight and move to 3-1 (2-0 GLC) on the year. They will go and travel to Holy Name tomorrow.
Ben Leslie 4.0 IP 6 ER 10 H 1 BB
Jack Burke 1.0 IP 5 ER 3 H 6 BB
Jay Foose 1.0 IP 1 ER 1 H 2 BB
Josh Hill (CF) 0-2 HBP
Ben Leslie (P, RF) 1-3
Tyler Danburg (C) 0-2 BB
Jack Burke (1B, P) 0-3 SB
Timmy Hollander (2B) 1-3 RBI SB
Enrique Lopez (LF) 0-2 BB
Alex Barnhart (3B) 0-2 HBP
Sean McNamara (SS) 1-3 RBI
Avery Bruening (RF) 0-1 BB
PH Connor Canfield (1B) 0-0
PH Jay Foose (P) 0-1