Warriors route Maiden behind big first inning
Coming into Friday night’s CVAC contest against the Maiden Blue Devils, West Caldwell head coach Mark Braswell wasn’t happy with the way his team had been hitting the ball to begin the season. It’s safe to say his players heard the message because the Warriors put up 13 runs off eight hits in the opening inning.
“Well, that’s certainly the most I’ve scored in one inning, or any inning for that matter," Braswell said. "We felt like if we kept working hard and doing things the right way they ball would eventually fall for us and tonight it did.”
The Warriors (4-2, 2-0 CVAC) got things going early after Madison Cook hit a two-RBI double to score Charlie Mitchell and Trevor Beane, putting West up 2-0. After a walk by Jacob Dunn and a double by Nick Philyaw, the Warriors had runners in scoring position for Landon Braswell, who sent a three-run shot over the left field wall to extend the Warrior lead to 5-0.
The inning would feature more of the same as the Warrior bats stayed hot with both Cook and Philyaw hitting RBI doubles each.
Maiden (4-1, 1-1 CVAC) would eventually score four runs in the top of the fourth when Kyle Kelly had an two-RBI double to bring in Aaron Rudsill and Jake McRee, but the Blue Devils never got any closer after the Warriors countered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth behind Beane, who had a two-run homer to end the game in five innings.
Brandon Crisp was the winning pitcher going the distance, surrendering just six hits, four runs and striking out three.
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Winning Pitcher: Brandon Crisp (5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K)
Losing Pitcher: Kyle Kelly (2/3 IP, 4 H, 9R, 5ER, 3BB, 1K)
Leading Hitters: Maiden – Kyle Kelly 1-2, 2B; Landon Cox 1-2, 1 RBI
Leading Hitters: West Caldwell – Landon Braswell 4-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI; Trevor Beane 1-2, BB, 1 HR, 2RBI; Madison Cook 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI