Surging Warde holds off Norwalk
When ace Dan Warren takes the mound, the Warde baseball team typically doesn't need a whole lot of offense to win.
Well, Warren got plenty of support on this day.
The Mustangs scored six times in the first inning, collected 13 hits and took advantage of 10 Norwalk errors before holding on for a 12-8 victory in a game that was live-streamed on MSGVarsity.com Wednesday afternoon.
The Rochester-bound Warren pitched five strong innings, yielding just one earned run and three hits while striking out six. The Bears (0-5) struck for two runs in the top of the first, but the Mustangs (4-1) quickly responded against sophomore Brandon Hanzlik, who was making his first career start.
Junior Mike DeFilippis keyed the big first inning with a two-run triple and finished with three RBI, while sophomore Mike Foley was a catalyst for the Mustangs with two hits, two runs, three stolen bases and one RBI.
It was the fourth straight win for the surging Mustangs, who added two runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth to take an 11-2 lead.
"We always feels comfortable when Dan is pitching," DeFilippis said. "It feels great to come away with a big win. We got a little sloppy at the end, but Norwalk doesn't give up."
The never-say-die Bears plated four runs on four hits in the seventh inning to make things interesting, but senior Shane Goven eventually nailed down the final six outs in relief of Warren.
Senior first baseman and cleanup hitter Richard Henderson went 2 for 4 with two RBI, including a run-scoring double in the seventh.