Van Buren County splits games at Davis County Classic


The Van Buren County Warriors played in the Davis County Classic, dropping game 1 to Davis County 15-5 and winning their second game over Fairfield 11-6

The Warriors opened up the tournament by taking on the host team Davis County. The teams would play an opening two innings of scoreless baseball. That would change when the Mustangs tallied two in the top of the third, thanks to a Warrior error and a Dalton Reeves RBI. The Warriors would be sat down in order and trailed 2-0 after three. The teams would trade runs in the third, for the Warriors they would score two on a Mustang error and trailed 5-2 after 4. The fifth saw the Mustang again extend their lead to 7-2. However, the Warriors again collected RBIs from Maddix Kite, Jackson Manning, and Taylor Sprouse to cut the Mustang lead to 7-5 after 5. The Mustangs opened the game up in the sixth and seventh scoring 4 in each inning and went on to win 15-5.

In game two for the Warriors they knocked off Fairfield 11-6. The Warriors scored in every inning they batted in outside of the fourth inning. The top of the first saw the Trojans strike first with two runs that came from RBIs from Nate and Caden Woodburn. The Warriors responded in the bottom of the inning when Sprouse laced an RBI double that scored Kite to cut the Trojan lead to 2-1 after 1. After the first, the Warrior pitcher Jackson Manning would settle in. In the second he would retire the side in order all via the strikeout. The Warriors would regain the lead in the second scoring on a TJ Jirak RBI single and a wild pitch to take a 3-2 lead after 2 innings. The Warriors would open things up across the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Over that span, Manning would strike out 6 batters and the Warrior bats would come to life. In the third Tyler Stoltz would knock in his first RBI of the season, and the Warriors would tack on two more via an Izaak Loeffler RBI single and another wild pitch. All told the Warriors lead 6-2 after five innings. The sixth saw the Trojans cut the lead to 6-4, but the bottom of the inning saw another Warrior answer. This time the Warriors scored five highlighted by two Trojan errors as well as an intentional walk issued to Manning. Those five runs put things out of reach for the Trojans at 11-4. The Trojans would not go quietly scoring two runs in the top of the seventh, but Manning got Nate Woodburn to fly out with the bases loaded.

The Warriors have a record of 2-5 after the tournament split. Up next the Warriors are back home Tuesday night playing host to Cardinal in conference play

Tournament highlights: Jackson Manning game #2-Complete Game win, 12K, 2BB, 8H, 6R and 3/6 batting in tournament including an intentional walk (1 single, 2 doubles, 1RBI, and 3 runs scored), Dylan Richardson 3/6 batting 2 singles, 1 double and 3 runs scored and Taylor Sprouse 2 singles, 1 double, RBI and 3 runs scored

Below: hear comments from Junior Jackson Manning and Head Coach Chad Scott

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