Warriors walk off
West Caldwell's Dylan West slid head first into first base to beat out a throw on an RBI infield single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Warriors a 4-3 victory over East Lincoln on Thursday in Gamewell.
Thursday's walk-off win was the second in as many days for the Warriors. West Caldwell defeated West Lincoln in the bottom of the eighth on Wednesday night.
"We don't talk about winning and losing," said West head coach Mark Braswell. "We're just going to come out here and compete for seven innings every night. That's what Warrior baseball is all about. That's who we are."
Entering the bottom of the seventh, West Caldwell had just three hits on the night and trailed 3-1. The lone run came in the bottom of the second when Tre Harper hit a solo home run to left field. However, the Warriors would not go quietly.
With two outs in the seventh, Jackson Cook hit a double and Madison Cook followed with a single. Ethan Bumgarner then reached on an error, allowing Jackson Cook to score and leaving runners on second and third. East Lincoln then intentionally walked Jay Denny to bring up Dylan West. With West batting, a wild pitch allowed Madison Cook to score to tie the game at 3-3. West then hit the infield single for Bumgarner to score the winning run.
Justin Reese picked up the win for the Warriors. He threw all seven innings and allowed three runs on 10 hits, while striking out eight. Chris Cox took the loss for East Lincoln. He also threw a complete game, allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out three batters.
"Justin Reese has been phenomenal," Braswell said. "He's a competitor that works hard at his craft. He just wants it every night."
West Caldwell will next play in the Catawba Valley Easter Classic in Hickory beginning on Monday. The Warriors will play Maiden at 2:30 p.m.