Play at the plate

Warren County baseball player Christian Bartholomew (center) makes an unsuccessful attempt to stop a Louisburg player from sliding safely into home base during his team’s 9-4 defeat on senior night Monday.

WARRENTON — Senior night for the Warren County baseball team did not play out the way they had intended, as they fell to Louisburg on Monday by a score of 9-4.

Head coach Andy Short was not happy with the way his team performed against Louisburg and attributed Monday’s defeat to numerous self-inflicted errors.

“That was pitiful,” Short said. “We pitched decently at times but errors have killed us all year. We also should have hit much better than we did. The effort was there but they didn’t execute the way they should have.”

The game would go scoreless through the first inning until Louisburg finally managed to break through in the top of the second by tallying one run.

With Warren County struggling at the plate, Louisburg began to find momentum by loading the bases at the top of the third, which convinced Short to relieve senior pitcher Semaj Alexander for junior Jamel Moss.

Despite the pitching change Louisburg tallied four more runs to build a 5-0 lead heading into the fourth inning, where Alexander would be the one to get the Eagles on the board following an error from Louisburg.

Although Louisburg began to find issues with getting hits off Moss’ pitches, Warren County failed to make significant progress on erasing its deficit and ultimately had to settle for their 11th loss of the season.

Short knows that his players are capable of putting together a win after they defeated South Granville 3-2 on May 6, but he said improvements need to be made in nearly every single facet of the game for them to celebrate another one before the year concludes.

“I’d love to see them improve on anything,” Short said. “Base running has hurt us a little bit and we have to hit better too. We’re waiting for too many perfect pitches to hit and I have to keep telling them that when you’re batting, you can’t wait for perfect pitches.”

Warren County will wrap up its season on the road Wednesday evening with a rematch against Louisburg.