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April 13, 2011

THS shells Cleve Hill in opener

CITY OF TONAWANDA — The Tonawanda baseball team kept warm the past few weeks indoors, and despite a chilly wind on Tuesday, the Warriors heated up even more.

Tonawanda shortstop Steve Stich led the way at the dish, going 4 for 5 with four runs batted in to lead the Warriors past visiting Cleveland Hill, 11-5, to open the 2011 campaign.

Third baseman David Battel a sound all-around game in the field and at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs, while making one of the better plays of the afternoon defensively, sliding to grab a foul ball in the top of the third.

“First time on the diamond, a little rusty,” Tonawanda coach John Frank said. “But we managed to fight through it. Offensively, I was impressed with putting the ball in play.”

The host Warriors were down 3-2 after the first two innings, but in the third inning, and RBI single by Battel got the bats rolling and eventually led to an early exit by Eagles starter Zach Shiesley.

Battel eventually came around to score after plating Brian McCarthy. Joey Warthling and Kyle Gallivan also came around in the third.

The transfer from CSAT kept it going in the next half inning, reaching with a one-out single and eventually scoring .

“We batted around in the third and the fourth, which was big for us,” Frank said. “Once we got some momentum in our favor we never looked back.”

Kyle Gallivan started off the season strong batting in the six spot, recording three singles and three runs on the day. Senior Matt Carlson drew three walks as well.

Warthling struck out three on the bump in four innings of work.

Carlson tossed two innings in relief, allowing just one run. Kyle Schroeder closed out the top half of the seventh despite having to thaw out before taking the mound.

“We came out early hopefully to get a little extra warm with it being the first time on the field,” Frank said. “We were a little tight. We tried to do a little extra work between innings to stay lose and warm.”

Though the Warriors dealt with a long layoff, they’ll be back in action today at John F. Kennedy.

Frank said he’s hopeful his squad can limit a handful of defensive mistakes made on Tuesday.

“We have a couple things we have to polish up, but we’ll be all right,” he said. “Big game (today) against JFK.”

Contact sports editor Brandon Koch at 693-1000, ext. 117.


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