FROM: WVC release
Right-handed starting pitcher Spencer Drake was a dominant force in the 8.0 innings that he threw in the opening game vs. Kaskaskia on Friday, as he fanned 13 of the 35 batters that he faced. Sophomore first baseman Cole Gleason (3-for-4, 3 R, 2B, 2 RBI, HBP, SB) and freshman designated hitter Justin Garcia(3-for-5, 2 RBI) led the offensive attack in the 7-4 victory for Wabash Valley (24-8, 9-2) at home in the first game of a GRAC series.
Gleason started the bottom half of the first inning off with a 2-out double over the rightfielder's head. Sophomore right-fielder Garrett Gordon was by a pitch and sophomore shortstop Edgar Figueroa hit a single back up the middle to give the home team a one-run lead.
Drake was perfect threw three innings, retiring all 9 batters faced, and striking out 6. Gleason hit a one-out single in the third inning and Figueroa put down a perfect drag bunt with two outs. The duo would take off on a double steal before sophomore catcher Conor Dishman walked to load the bases. Garcia would capitalize with a 2-run single to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead.
The Blue Devils would try to answer as the top of the lineup had three straight hits, followed by a sacrifice bunt, and another single. Besides striking out 2 batters, Drake would end up surrendering 3 runs on 4 hits, but minimize by leaving three on base.
Freshman second baseman Jarier Estrada (1-for-3, R, 2 SB) led off the home half of the fourth with a single up the middle. Sophomore leftfielder Harold Diaz (2-for-4, R, SB) followed with a single in the six-hole and freshman centerfielder Manuel DeJesus (2-for-5, R) put down a perfect sacrifice bunt that turned into an infield single to once again load the bases. Gleason hit a single up the middle to score two, and Gordon followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to score a run and advance Gleason to third. Gleason scored on a wild pitch to increase the lead to 7-3.
Missing out on a few offensive opportunities, the Warriors held tight on defense and Drake settled back in. The Blue Devils would put one more run up in the 8th, but it was too little too late as sophomore left-hander Matthew Geislinger faced four batters and earned his first save of the season.