There was little drama for the Wabash Valley College baseball Warriors in finishing off the regular season championship of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference on Tuesday. The only thing left to debate would be which team would finish second in the final standings.
The Warriors spotted Southwestern early leads in both games of the doubleheader only to roar from behind to post 12-2 and 10-1 wins to close out a 42-12 regular season. Wabash thus finishes at 19-5 in the GRAC to win the title, just ahead of hard-charging Kaskaskia, which finished just one game off the pace at 18-6. Rend Lake, which defeated WVC to force a tie atop the standings with three games left, slipped to third at 17-7, two games in back.
The regular-season title brings with it the No. 1 seed in the GRAC tournament which opens on Friday in Centralia. The Warriors will still have undefeated stopper Spencer Drake (10-0) available for the tourney opener, because Rob Fournier’s club got wins from Ryan Quinterro and Danny Heim.
Edgar Figueroa had four RBI’s in the opener. Ray Perez was 3-of-4 at the plate. Quinterro (4-0) walked six batters in five innings of work before giving way to Kyle Rupe who finished up for the Warriors.
In the second game, Garrett Gordon led the way at the plate with two hits and three RBI’s. Heim (3-1) went the distance on the hill, striking out seven.