Warriors see season come to close in district tourney

Published 12:41 am Tuesday, May 11, 2021

BY NIC MILLER
STAR CORRESPONDENT

After fighting elimination from the District 1AA baseball tournament and coming out on top Friday evening, the Happy Valley Warriors were looking to stay alive yet again on Saturday when they took on the Patriots of Sullivan East.

The Warriors got things started early as it would be the second batter of the contest, Colby Chausse driving in the first RBI with a triple that screamed off the bat into left-center field bringing home the leadoff batter Andrew Little.

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And soon after, Chausse would be brought in by his brother Lucas with a double to right, making it a 2-0 ball game after the first inning.

Happy Valley would continue their success in the very next inning, when Little would play his part by bringing home another runner to make it a three-run lead for the Warriors midway through the second.

Action would resume in the home half of the third inning when a bases-loaded wild pitch resulted in the first run of the day for the Patriots.

With runners now on second and third, Justice Dillard would add two more for East with a shot sent down the left-field line to put himself on second base.

But it did not stop there, as the onslaught would continue when Seth Chafin would send a ball through the infield to increase the already impressive run total by two more, and an infield single by Lucas Eaton would make it a 6-3 contest heading into the fourth.

In the bottom fourth, the Patriots kept things going as Dylan Bartley would start the frame with a solo shot over the left-field wall, adding yet another run. Chafin and Nolan Lunsford would keep things going, bringing a total of three more across before Lunsford himself would come around.

The fourth inning would finally come to a close but not after two more would come home as a result of another Dillard double, making it an eleven run difference heading into the fifth inning of play, 14-3

Not able to bring the score within ten runs after five, the Warriors would be sent home by way of run-rule, bringing their 2021 season to a disappointing close.