Warrior Baseball

CLOSE PLAY AT FIRST: Wahoo-Bishop Neumann-Lincoln Lutheran senior Trey Ahrens dives back safely to first during the Warriors home game against the Waverly Vikings.  The Warriors were defeated by the top-ranked Vikings 17-3 on April 22.  (Staff Photo by Jason Unger)

ARLINGTON – The seventh-ranked Wahoo-Bishop Neumann-Lincoln Lutheran baseball team improved to 12-4 after a 3-1 mark on the diamond last week.

The week started off with a 17-3 setback at home against the top-ranked Waverly Vikings on April 22.

The Vikings broke the game open with a nine run top of the fourth, before finishing off the Warriors in five innings.

Waverly got to Warrior pitchers Colin Morrissey and Tanner Lebo for 13 hits and 17 runs over five innings.

Wahoo-BN-LL was limited to just three runs on three base hits.

Less than 24 hours later the Warriors were back on the field when they traveled to Bennington to take on the rated Badgers.

The Warriors pounded out 11 base hits and were able to take full advantage of five errors by the home team in the 12-6 road win.

Seniors Karson Hesser and Trey Ahrens each finished with three base hits to lead the visitors while senior teammate Colby Bliss drove in four runs for the Warriors.

Hesser earned the win on the mound for Wahoo-BN-LL after scattering eight hits and allowing five runs over five innings.

On Thursday, the Warriors returned to the diamond for a contest against the Branched Oak Bucks in Valparaiso.

Things appeared grim for the Warriors as they trailed 12-4 going into the top of the fifth inning.

Wahoo-BN-LL rallied for 11 runs over the final three innings to pull out the improbable 15-12 win over the Bucks.

Bliss, Ahrens and Hesser came through with three base hits apiece to power the offense. Ahrens and Hesser combined for seven RBI against the Bucks.

Ahrens worked the final five innings to earn the win for the visitors.

Wahoo-BN-LL capped the week with a 7-0 shutout win over the Arlington Eagles on the road on April 26.

Righthander Jarrett Kmiecik threw his second consecutive complete game, limiting the Eagles to just one hit while throwing a shutout.

Wahoo scored all seven of its runs in the first inning, more than enough for Kmiecik, who struck out five Eagle hitters and didn’t walk anyone.

Ahrens stayed hot, finishing with three hits, three RBI and two runs scored.

Senior Nick Oden and Colby Bliss also added two hits against the Eagles.

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