Baseball: Defense helps Warriors shut down Brandon
Steinbrenner senior Logan LaPace had a lot of hands to shake after Saturday’s 4-1 win over Brandon.
The right-handed pitcher had just one strikeout, but thanks to a great defense behind him, LaPace pitched a complete game and improved to 4-0 this season.
“My defense did a great job today,” LaPace said. “We had to grind it out, but we found a way to get outs.”
Steinbrenner (17-1) fell behind in the first inning as a pop fly to shallow right field was mishandled, allowing Austin Sullivan to plate the lone Brandon (14-6) run. From there however, LaPace and the Warriors’ defense clamped down on the Eagles, allowing just one base runner over the next five innings.
“Logan’s pattern has been to have some difficulties in the first inning,” Steinbrenner coach John Crumbley said. “But once he gets settled in he has some really positive innings.”
The Warriors got to Brandon starter Ryan Anderson (2-2) the second time through the order as leadoff man Alex Hanson singled to start the third and scored on a Cole Gordon RBI single. The Warriors took the lead in the fourth inning as Michael McGuire singled and was driven in on an RBI triple from Brennan Garcia, who then scored on Hanson’s second hit of the game.
Jesse Haney added an RBI single in the fifth to score Mijon Cummings.
The Eagles looked like they might finally get to LaPace, loading the bases in the seventh, but the senior induced a game-ending double play.
“I can always count on my guys and our bats to get me what I need,” LaPace said.