Warriors outlast Bunker Hill
The West Caldwell Warriors scored six runs in the first two innings en route to a 7-5 victory over Bunker Hill on Wednesday in Gamewell.
“The past few games we’ve gotten down early and struggled to score some runs,” said West head coach Mark Braswell. “It was good to get some runs early and keep the momentum. They’re (Bunker Hill) a good ball club and he’s (Colton Chapman) their ace. I’m proud of our guys for the way they competed.”
Trailing 1-0 after the top of the first, the Warriors (12-7, 8-4 Catawba Valley Athletic Conference) came back with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning. Charlie Mitchell singled, DJ Salyer walked and Trevor Bean singled to load the bases with no outs. Madison Cook and Jacob Dunn then hit back-to-back RBI singles to give West a 2-0 lead. Nick Philyaw followed with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Beane.
Bunker Hill fired right back with three runs of its own in the top of the second. With two outs in the inning, Jordan Speaks singled and Colton Chapman walked to put runners on first and second. Cameron Chapman stepped to the plate and hit a three-run home run to center
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field to put the Bears ahead 4-3.
In the bottom of the second, the Warriors scored another three runs to take the lead for good. Tre Harper and Dylan West led off with singles, and an error by the left fielder on West’s hit allowed Harper to score from first and West to advance to second. Two batters later. Jay Denny reached on an error by the second baseman, allowing West to score. Later in the inning, Dunn hit an RBI single to right to score Denny and give the Warriors a 6-4 advantage.
West starting pitcher Brandon Crisp struggled on the mound. He was relieved by Harper after the second inning. Harper earned the victory by throwing the final five innings. He gave up just one run on two hits, while striking out six.
“Tre (Harper) came in and calmed things down for us,” Braswell said. “We had a couple big innings and he allowed us to keep the momentum on our side.”
Colton Chapman suffered the loss for the Bears. He threw all six innings, giving up five earned runs on 10 hits. He also walked five batters.
Each team scored one more run in the fourth inning. Bunker Hill scored a run on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Eckard. West scored its run on an RBI ground out by Cook. Beane scored on the play after previously reaching on a double.
West Caldwell and Bunker Hill currently stand in a tie for third place in the CVAC standings. The Warriors take on Draughn tonight and a win would put the three teams in a tie for second. West Caldwell and Draughn will play in Valdese tonight at 7 p.m.
“It’s going to be a good challenge for us,” said Braswell. “This is a tough conference from top to bottom. A win keeps us in the hunt. We’re only two games out of first with two to play. Anything can happen.”
Bunker Hill - 130-100-0 - 5-8-3
West Caldwell - 330-100-x - 7-10-2
Winning pitcher: Tre Harper (5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 HB 6 K). Losing pitcher: Colton Chapman (6 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 1 HB, 3 K).
Leading hitters: Bunker Hill - Cameron Chapman 1-3, HR, HBP, 3 RBI, 2 R; Jordan Eckard 2-3, 2B, RBI. West Caldwell - Jacob Dunn 3-4, 2 RBI; Trevor Beane 2-4, 2B, 2 R; Tre Harper 2-2, BB, R.