By Bob Simmons
The Winfield Warriors remained undefeated (2-0) in the Gateway Athletic Conference North Division with a doubleheader sweep over the Orchard Farm Eagles and followed that up with a come-from-behind win over Bowling Green.
Following the Bowling Green game, Winfield’s record was 6-3.
The Warriors clashed with Orchard Farm on April 6. In the first game, they won 11-1 behind a no-hitter by Joey Marko. He struck out seven and walked five in the win. John Hogan, Spencer Keiser and Josh Cook led the offense, each driving in two runs.
In the second game, Collin Sutton improved his season record to 3-0 as the Warriors won 15-3. Sutton didn’t allow a hit, struck out six and walked five in four innings of work. Donovan Ehle, Keiser, and Robert Roggeman appeared in relief. The key in the win was an 11-run outburst by the Warriors in the sixth inning. Carter Bauer, Keiser and Cook had two RBIs each with Bauer and Sutton having multiple hit nights.
In the win over Bowling Green, the Warriors were able to erase a large deficit.
The Warriors trailed 6-0 after three innings, but scored three runs in the third, two in the fifth, and four in the seventh in a 9-8 win.
“The guys showed incredible toughness and resiliency,” said Coach Justin Rodgers.
Keying the four-run rally in the seventh was a bases-loaded triple by Sutton which put Winfield ahead 8-7. Bauer drove in Sutton on a groundout for an insurance run.
Cameron Turnbull picked up the win in relief and Ehle was also solid in relief. Bauer collected a save by shutting it down in the seventh.