2008-05-29 / News

Young Warriors baseball team fights to the wire in final three games

By Rudd Hall

Jamestown took the field last week hoping to pull off a win as they hosted the Lancers of East Greenwich with their season winding down.

The Lancers came out firing in the top of the first, loading the bases early and making Jamestown work for every out. Jamestown pitcher Owen Heath appeared frustrated with his start early on. "They're really good," said Heath, "I was throwing curve balls, I needed to get it down in the zone, and they were just hitting it too far. It's been a hard season, but we've been close on a lot, we've lost by one a few times."

The Lancers continued their offensive assault for the next few innings and were running up a large lead when Jamestown's Dan Harpool came up with some great defense. Harpool had back-to-back defensive plays for the Warriors, stopping hard ground balls and firing from third to first for the put out, saving his team two potential runs.

"Pretty good throws, we needed something." Harpool said. "We have to improve on our fielding and our hitting," he later added.

Nick Lutes also put in some solid defensive work with a great grab to sit the Lancers down 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth.

That wouldn't be all defensively for the Warriors, as they began to come together late in the game refusing to give up.

In the top of the sixth, with men on base, and the Lancers posing to score, pitcher Jacob Morris fielded a line drive perfectly and threw to home for the out. Catcher James Chamberlain relayed the throw to Lutes at first base, completing the double play to end the inning.

Later in the game, Harpool showed he could perform offensively as well as defensively, blasting a shot to center field for a double. The team finished strong, but it wasn't enough for the Warriors, as the game ended with a loss to a tough team.

"They're 8-1 for a reason," said Head Coach Eric Bush, "Their pitchers are tough. East Greenwich is a baseball town, and they come to play. But we're young, that's an eighth grade team we just played, most of my guys are seventh graders, but they played well. I'm not disappointed with my guys at all. Hopefully this experience will carry over to next season."

Coach Bush commented on Harpool's performance saying, "He's a baseball kid, he plays AAU. He can play wherever I put him."

The team wrapped up their season with close games against Thompson, Wickford and Narragansett Middle Schools at home."

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