Sullivan, Eagles top Red Rams

May. 04, 2013 @ 09:48 PM

Hayden Sullivan tossed a gem, knocked in a couple of RBI and Warren County ended its season with a 5-1 win over Franklinton Friday.

Warren County was eliminated from 2-A state playoff contention with Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to North Johnston. The Eagles finished sixth in the Northern Carolina Conference with five league wins, losing five one-run games.

Sullivan, a junior and the ace of the staff, allowed two hits and struck out 10 in the Senior Night win.

“He goes after hitters,” said Warren County coach Randy Martin. “He tries to hit the corners. He does very well.”

Sullivan put the Eagles up in the first inning, scoring Pete Johnson from third on a single down the left side.

Tyler Thompson, Colby Ryder and Sullivan strung together consecutive singles in the fifth to make it 2-0 before Ryder’s pinch runner, Derke Wortham, scored on a wild pitch and Darian Sellers knocked in Sullivan on a single.

The Red Rams got a run back in the sixth and the Eagles added another in the bottom of the frame.

Warren County finished with nine hits. First baseman John Sidberry joined Sullivan, connecting for two base knocks.

Sidberry, Ryder, Wortham, and Michael Leonard make up the senior class.

The Eagles must replace Ryder at catcher, but every infielder that started Friday except for Sidberry will be back next season along with Sellers and Antonio Thompson in the outfield.

“We ought to be pretty good,” said Martin.

Bunn won the conference and Roanoke Rapids, Corinth Holders, Louisburg, and North Johnston finished ahead of Warren County.

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