WARRENSBURG - The Warrensburg High School varsity baseball team both won and lost by wide margins as they experienced a week packed with contests against league rivals.
The games in the Adirondack League this year have included unpredictable, wild scoring blitzes against each other, Burgher Coach Rex Reynolds said Monday.
"This season, different teams in the league have blasted other teams, depending who's pitching," he said.
On May 4, Warrensburg defeated the tough and talented Corinth Central team in a 6-3 game. WCS pitcher Josh Baird recorded nine strikeouts and allowed three hits in the contest, played on the WCS home field.
Timely hitting and base-stealing secured the win for Warrensburg, Coach Rex Reynolds said Monday.
The next night, May 5, was a night best not remembered, Reynolds said. Warrensburg played Argyle, and the results were ugly, he said.
"Brendan Frye was doing a nice job pitching into the fifth inning, but then Argyle got to him, and the wheels came off," Reynolds said.
Argyle scored seven runs in the fifth inning, then Mike Perrone was called to relieve Frye, and lightning struck twice, the coach said. The team gave up 11 runs in the top of the seventh inning, and the game ended up 5-18. Warrensburg scored four runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh.
"Offense or defense, we just weren't playing well," Reynolds said. "We weren't happy."
The next game for the Burghers was May 6 against North Warren in Chestertown.
In this matchup, sophomore John Joseph had his varsity start on the mound, recording a successful outcome for the Burghers as he tallied a 12-3, win, with eight strikeouts against the Cougars. Burgher Mike Perrone went 4-for-4 and scored four times, and North Warren star John Remington slammed a home run in the game.
Reynolds said Joseph showed promise in the debut.
"It was nice work," he said. "The rest of the team backed him up with great hitting, solid defense, and no errors."
May 8, the Burghers hosted Whitehall.
Reynolds said his scouting of the Railroaders early this season determined that they routinely scored four runs per game. He then advised his players to focus on grabbing an early lead, he said.
"I figured out we needed to jump out ahead early to win," he said.
His players did just that on May 8, with 11 batters going to the plate in the first inning, tallying six runs in an offensive tirade that included a double and five singles.
Whitehall answered back with three runs in third inning, scoring on three hits and a walk, but the Burghers broke the game open in the fifth, scoring seven runs, which sealed a 18-4 victory.
Last Saturday, the Burghers lost 6-8 against Hartford in the first round of the North Warren tournament. Pitching in the matchup for the Burghers was Freshman Lucas Nelson, who pitched into the sixth inning, with a score at that point of 5-5. In this first Varsity effort for Nelson, he struck out eight and scattered six hits.
Reynolds said Nelson not only pitched well against Hartford, but he finished off the earlier Whitehall game with cool demeanor.
"Lucas did an admirable job," Reynolds said. "He's a natural athlete."
Brendan Frye relieved, giving up three runs on several hits and errors. Frye had pitched five games in six days, Reynolds said.
"We had five errors, and not enough hits to compensate," he said.
Monday, the Burghers capped off their week with a key 7-4 victory, beating the talented Luzerne squad that had nearly tied League-leaders Lake George earlier this season.
The Burgher's big gun, Josh Baird was on the mound, and he allowed only four hits and struck out 12.
Key to the victory was Cory Russell's seventh inning RBI double which put Warrensburg up by three runs. Dante Siletti scored on the hit, running full-tilt from first base to score, Reynolds said.
"Dante really put the hammer down," he said.
Luzerne's Dylan Frinton was stellar for the Eagles, smashing a bases-loaded triple.
Thursday, the Burghers play Broadalbin-Perth, a large B-school, on the Cooperstown's Hall of Fame field.
Next week's contests include a Monday meet up against Lake George at home, a game against Corinth on Wednesday, and another on Saturday against Greenwich at Glens Falls' East Field.