Warriors drop two
The Caldwell Warriors dropped both games of a doubleheader with the Carolina Freedom on Wednesday at Walker Stadium in Lenoir.
"We just didn't execute pitches today," said Caldwell head coach Jeremy Yoder. "Offensively, you can't score four runs in 14 innings and expect to win. We just have to get in a rhythm as a team. We have to find the right spots for everybody and positions in the batting order. And we have to throw strikes and compete."
In game one, the Freedom took advantage of Caldwell errors to claim a 5-1 victory. For of the five runs were unearned. Corey Gaulden pitched all seven innings in the loss for the Warriors. Dan Whalen earned the victory for the Freedom.
Trailing 2-0 after the top of the first inning, Caldwell pulled within one in the bottom of the first. Taishi Terashima hit a single and later scored on an RBI single by Blake Johnson. Unfortunately for Caldwell, that was the lone run the Warriors would score.
The Freedom added two more runs in the second and the fifth run in the seventh. Robert Wallace led the Freedom with an RBI single to left.
In game two, the Warriors saw a late rally fall short, as the Carolina Freedom hung on for a 5-3 victory.
Reggie Johnson picked up the win for the Freedom, while Ryan Abone took the loss for Caldwell.
The Freedom jumped out to a 5-0 lead through five innings. But the in sixth, Caldwell scored two runs to pull within three. Bryan Palsi drew a leadoff walk and Brett Newman was hit by a pitch. Charles Noble followed with an RBI single right to make the score 5-1. Chase Kuwitzky then drew a walk to load the bases before Andrew Holderman followed with an RBI walk to cut the deficit to 5-2. However, a strike out with the bases loaded ended the inning for Caldwell.
In the seventh, Bryce Bastian led off with a walk and advanced to second on a fly out by Chad Miller. Bastien then stole third and scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Palsi. Newman was once again hit by a pitch to bring the tying runner to the plate in Noble. However, Freedom relief pitcher Levi Lochner got Noble to fly out to end the game and pick up the save.
Caldwell will return to action on Friday with another doubleheader against the Carolina Freedom at Walker Stadium. The first game is scheduled for 2 p.m.