Warriors top Raiders for tourney title

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 12:11 AM

A throwback performance of sorts from pitcher Kaleb Fisher and continued production from the J.F. Webb bats led the host team to an Easter tournament championship Monday against Southern Vance.

The Warriors topped the Raiders 11-1 in five innings to claim their first Easter tourney title in two seasons. Northern Vance claimed it in 2013.

“As a host you want to play good competition, but at the same time, you want to win your tournament,” said Webb head coach Mike Carroll. “We put a lot of time and hours into this. It’s a great feeling to come out of it with a win.”

Fisher went the distance, striking out five and allowing only one hit. The junior right-hander’s lone run given up came in the fourth inning on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Dustin Brummitt, who scored Montavis Gray.

“The Kaleb we saw tonight we saw two years ago as a freshman,” said Carroll. “He was all-conference his freshman year and we just knew he was going to be a stud.”

It came together Monday for Fisher, who left Friday’s game against Raleigh Enloe after the first inning with an injury.

The Warriors started the tourney with a 10-3 win over Southern last Thursday. The six-team event was scheduled to conclude last Saturday, but stormy weather changed those plans.

The plan stayed the same Monday for Webb’s hot offense. The Warriors (6-4) have plated 48 runs in their last four outings after averaging three runs in the first six games.

“The type of swings we’ve been after all year, we finally got them,” said Carroll.

The Warriors finished with 11 hits Monday led by Beau Smith and Zach Harris, who each went 2-for-3. Harris had three RBIs with a two-run triple and Taylor Williams doubled to clear a loaded set of bases in the second inning.

“We worked so hard to get to this point right here and I know we didn’t play anywhere near our potential,” said Southern head coach Eric Faucette. “But you have to give it to Webb; they hit the ball where they needed to hit the ball. They made the plays they needed to make.”

Gray notched the only base hit for Southern (2-7), which defeated Northern Vance on Saturday to clinch a spot in the final.

Dustin Brummitt threw 2.2 innings for the Raiders before he was relieved by Matthew Perkins.

Webb is off the rest of the week for spring break while Southern is scheduled to resume 2-A Northern Carolina Conference play on Thursday against Warren County.

“I think we’re going to go to practice and work hard,” said Faucette. “I think good things are going to happen from a bad thing. You can’t dwell on a negative, but you can learn from it and improve from it. Tonight, we’re going to improve from this.”

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