After a Friday sweep of Lake Land, the Wabash Valley baseball team hung on to first place in the GRAC.
Better yet, coach Rob Fournier saw plenty of positives from a club which has now ripped off 10 wins in its last 11 games.
“I really liked our approach at the plate,” Fournier said after the Warriors took two wins from Lake Land. “I thought we were patient and aggressive, which we have been striving for.”
As for the Warrior offense in general, “I thought we ran the bases well and executed some situational plays extremely well.”
That’s not even the best of it. Fournier has been most pleased with the pitching, “that’s been the strength of our club,” he said.
“We pitched outstanding. We’re throwing a lot of strikes, and not walking people,” Fournier said. “I like where we’re at right now.”
Where the Warriors are at right now is on top of the GRAC standings at 8-2, though even on the loss side with 5-2 John A. Logan.
Spencer Drake dominated on the hill in the opener. The 6-foot-4 righthander from Louisville, Ky. struck out 12 batters in six shutout innings of work in a 11-1 WVC win. Drake improved to 5-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 0.70.
Second game starter Clay Wallace followed that with five scoreless innings of his own in a 9-0 nitecap victory. Wallace, a sophomore from Carmel, Ind., is now 4-2 on the year.
Fournier still managed to give the bullpen some work. Miami, Fla. freshman Ryan Quintero worked two innings in the opener, while Minnesota sophomore Matt Geislinger and Ohio freshman Erik Swanson each worked one inning in the second game.
Cole Gleason and Harold Diaz each had two hits to bolster the Warrior attack in the first game, as Edgar Figueroa had three base hits in the second game.
WVC is now 22-8 on the year and 8-2 in the GRAC. Lake Land is now 5-14 and 1-7 in the league.