WARRENSBURG-With solid pitching, stingy defense and a winning attitude, the Warrensburg High School baseball team has achieved a late-season turnaround.
After tallying a 6-4 record for 2011 through last week, the Burghers won two critical victories as they head into the Class C Section II tournament.
Burgher coach Rex Reynolds said he was happy for his team's rebound.
"Our players are really coming together as a team," he said. "They are playing some very inspired baseball."
Friday May 20, the Burghers took the talented Argyle Squad by surprise, avenging an early season 1-6 loss with a 14-4 victory.
The game started right off with three base hits. Senior Mike Curtis scored both times on his first two at-bats. The early offensive assault put the Burghers up 3-0.
Argyle answered with a 3-run homer, then boosted the score to 4-3 in the third inning.
With several hits and savvy base running, the Burghers responded with three runs.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Burghers hit their stride. Sophomore Pitcher Justin Baird slammed a two-run homer over the left field fence, Mike Curtis followed with a triple, and Lucas Nelson extended the streak with an RBI single. To top it off, John Joseph whacked a second pitch over center field fence for another two-run homer. The hot Burgher squad finished the inning with five straight singles - eight of their nine players scored in that one stanza, Reynolds said.
"That hitting streak just broke everything open" he said, noting the team then stunned Argyle with a double play.
In the game, Baird scattered seven hits, struck out six batters, and gave up three earned runs.
Then on Tuesday, the Burghers followed up with another convincing win against an Adirondack-league opponent, although it was a non-league game.
Warrensburg, with more hot batting, beat Hartford 10-2, away. The Tanagers beat Warrensburg several weeks ago with a wide margin. The game featured a lot of effective fielding.
Senior Mike Curtis, the Burgher's second batter of the game, blasted a ball over the left-field fence for a home run. Soon after, Burgher Junior Lucas Nelson scored on a Tyler Williams RBI single, putting the Burghers up 2-0 in the first inning. Warrensburg held Hartford scoreless until the 6th inning, when the Tanagers scored two runs with singles and base-stealing.
Burgher Sophomore Pitcher Justin Baird then shut down Hartford for the rest of the game while the Burgher offense took over.
In the top of 7th, with one out, the next five Burgher batters in a row scored, with a walk, three straight singles and another walk.
Senior Nick Monroe then sealed the game with a 2-RBI single to left center field.
Reynolds said Tuesday his team had some vital help from batting by the bottom of the lineup - Junior Austin DeMarsh, Senior Nick Monroe, and Junior. Jacob Siletti, who tallied a lot of hits.