by Mitchell McCluskey
The Warren varsity baseball team continues to amaze audiences as they have advanced further into area play-offs. The team played against the New Diana Eagles on May 10 and May 11. The winner of two out of three games would advance. Fortunately, Warren won the first two, deeming a third unnecessary. The first game was played at Ennis High School, and the Warriors took little hesitation to conquer their opponents. After the Eagles score the sole run of the first inning with Warrior Ty Eddins pitching to them, Warren retaliated strongly, hitting in eight runs in the next three innings, coming from Chase Foxworth, Hunter Holloway, Kolton Perfect, Austin Philips, and Gage Gresham, while only allowing New Diana to achieve three runs. A highlight of the game included senior Austin Philips hitting an unbelievable three point home run. Eddins also contributed a remarkable performance as pitcher, striking out five opponents. Junior Brandon Choate's powerful batting benefited the team's repertoire of skills, as well, with him earning 2 RBI's in the game. The teams continued to play; however, the Warriors had sealed the deal on this game, which closed with the score at 6-8.
The next game, also against New Diana, was played at Stephen F. Austin University. The Eagles took the immediate lead in this match facing Chase Gray as the pitcher, with the opening inning ending at 3-4. However, in the second inning, Warren tied the game up with a homerun from Dylan Watts, who scored a total of four runs within the duration of the game. Choate also racked up a multitude of runs, adding up to a total of three runs. Warren then earned a lead of five runs by the fourth inning. The fifth inning boded well for the Warriors, for they managed to make a total of nine runs in the single inning. Gray executed accurate and adept pitches throughout the game, striking out four players and only admitting a paltry four hits. The final score was 18-4, a landslide victory for the Warriors.
The team's current record including district and play-off games is now an impressive nine wins and two losses. The team will play against Elkhart at Morris Frank Park in Lufkin. The first game will begin on May 17 at 7 p.m. and the second will be on May 18 at 1 p.m. In the case that a third game will be necessary, it will begin 30 minutes after the second game.
Photo Caption:Warren track phenom Cody Hammonds was declared the 800 meter 2A state champion, after competing in Austin on May 11. Hammonds ran a personal best time at 1:56:35. This incredible feat earned him a gold medal as well as the admiration of the community and track competitors throughout Texas.