WB Baseball Wins Again In Blowout Fashion

The West Branch Baseball team took on Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, securing a commanding 12-3 victory.
Senior standout Luke Liptak focuses as he prepares for the incoming pitch.
Senior standout Luke Liptak focuses as he prepares for the incoming pitch.
Image/Graphics by Alisa Liptak

On Saturday, April 13th, the West Branch Warriors Baseball team went on the road to take on the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy Wolfpack. As the away team, the Warriors were up to bat first. It took no time for the team to get ball rolling, with the Warriors’ Lukas Colton hitting a triple on a 2-2 count to center field. In the next At-Bat (AB), Tyler Wilson was walked, putting runners on first and third with two outs in the top of the first inning. During Brody Rothrock’s AB, a wild pitch was thrown, allowing Lukas to steal home and give the Warriors an early 1-0 lead. Brody then hit a single, but the inning ended without the team capitalizing on the two baserunners. However, the Warriors couldn’t maintain their lead for long. In the bottom of the first, the Wolfpack took the lead 2-1 before Luke Liptak ended the inning with a strikeout.

The score remained the same in the second inning, with Luke recording five strikeouts in two innings. In the top of the third, the Warriors tied the score 2-2, with Lukas Colton scoring once more on Luke Liptak’s hit. The Warriors shut down the Wolfpack in the bottom of the third. In the fourth inning, the Warriors started to pull away. Easton Emigh and Isaac Tiracorda made it to base, and Lukas Colton’s line drive to center field brought them both home, pushing the lead to 4-2. The team continued their momentum, with Lukas scoring for the third time to make it 5-2. The defense held strong, and the score remained the same going into the top of the fifth.

The Warriors added three more runs, with Luke Liptak, Zach McGonigal, and Coby Kephart crossing home plate. The Wolfpack scored once more, bringing the score to 9-3, but they were unable to score again after being struck out three times, with Lukas Colton pitching in the bottom of the fifth. The top of the sixth saw three more unanswered runs for the Warriors, putting the final score at 12-3 after the seventh inning concluded without any more runs from either team. Lukas Colton commented on the game, stating, “Although it may not have been pretty, we got the job done tonight. The team had a few errors, but some key players stepped up and delivered for us. That is what we need in games like this.” The Warriors improved their record to 6-1, and their next game is scheduled to be at home against Bucktail on Monday the 15th, weather permitting.

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