Central, S.C. – The Warriors lost the series to the Montreat Cavaleirs with back-to-back losses in their two games on Saturday evening.
Six Warriors posted a hit in the first game of the afternoon. The lone run for the Warriors was scored by Izzy Martinez. On the bases, John Garrett and DiMarkus Sanders both stole a base during the loss. Senior J.J. Julian started the first game for the Warriors and went 4.1 innings and allowed six hits and eight runs in the loss.
During the second game, four Warriors posted a hit. The lone run for the Warriors came by way of Jason Moldenhauer crossing the plate for the Warriors by being driven in by senior Avery Mahon to give him a RBI in the game. Freshman Alec Hrynda hit a double in the loss. On the field, Andrew Falgiano and DiMarkus Sanders completed a double-play for the Warriors. Josh Antwine started on the mound for Southern Wesleyan, going five innings and allowing two runs on 87 pitches in the loss.
Final Game One: Montreat 17, Southern Wesleyan 1
Final Game Two: Montreat 4, Southern Wesleyan 1
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-2), Montreat (2-1)
Coach Gillespie Says…
"We talked about consistency all fall, not only day to day but also game to game. Today was an example of us not being consistent. Game one was simply being too comfortable, no intensity, effort or pride. We made the correction going forward in game two, we just didn't make the adjustments at the plate. We pitched and played well enough in the field to win, but we have to get better with our approach and adjustments in our hitting. Next week will be a great opportunity for this to happen."
How It Happened
The Cavaliers kicked the game off early on, scoring two runs in the first inning on a double by Andres Cancio to drive in Stephen Adams, and then a sacrifice by Tray Hill to allow Cancio to cross the plate. Montreat struck against in the top of the second inning to score two more runs and then against in the top of the third to score their fifth run of the afternoon.
The Warriors were able to keep the Cavaliers scoreless until the top of the fifth when Chase Day doubled to right field to bring Danny Fernandez and Ricardo DeArmas around to score. Montreat was able to score three more runs in the inning on a double by Bradley Oakes and a sacrifice fly by Eli Ledford.
The lone Warrior run came in the bottom of the fifth inning. John Garrett reached first base on an error by the third basemen to advance Jason Moldenhauer to second, DiMarkus Sanders to third, and bring Izzy Martinez around to cross home and score. However, a ground out ended the inning for the Warriors.
Montreat came back to score two runs in the top of the sixth and five runs in the seventh to win the game 17-1.
The Montreat Cavaliers struck first on a sacrifice ground out by Nick Bray to bring Stephen Adams around to score. The Warriors were able to keep the Cavaliers scoreless until the top of the fifth inning of play when Ricardo DeArmas singled to drive in Robert Hernandez to give them a 2-0 lead over the Warriors.
Southern Wesleyan struck in the sixth inning to put them on the board with a run. Avery Mahon lined out to left field on a sacrifice to drive in Jason Moldenhauer from third to cross the plate and score. However, Montreat regained their two run lead when Hernandez crossed the plate and then took a three run lead on a triple by Bradley Oakes to score Hernandez and win the game 4-1.
The Warriors will remain at home on Wednesday, February 8 to take on the University of North Georgia at 4 p.m. They will then travel to Francis Marion on February 10 and 11.