WARRENSBURG - In a pitching battle between sophomores, reining Adirondack League champions Lake George beat Warrensburg 7-1.
Warrior pitcher J.D. Jenkins struck out seven and allowed four hits in the game that is one step away from a goal that Lake George players have been eyeing since pre-season: a repeat league championship. Promising Burgher sophomore hurler John Joseph allowed four earned runs in the Monday game.
"I am absolutely amazed by our sophomore pitchers," Warrior Coach Erik Hoover said, noting that Jenkins is 3-0 and Jack Clark has 42 strikeouts this year in five games.
Jenkins had some help Monday from a teammate bearing the same moniker: J.D. DeWaard, who was 3-for-4 with three RBIs Cameron Jones also batted in three runs.
The Warrior team, experienced and tough with 11 seniors, had both stingy defense and productive offense from the elder crew. Senior Jake Nelson hit a triple and senior Toby Noble hit a double in the effort, and ace pitcher Peter Gaibrois finished up DeWaard's successful game, stepping in for the seventh inning.
And now, having wrapped up the Adirondack League west division title with a 12-1 league tally, the Warriors face Fort Ann Friday for the Adirondack League championship in a 4:15 p.m. game at Moreau Recreation field.
"We expect another epic battle," Hoover said, referring to the April matchup when Lake George beat Fort Ann 15-14. "We have to keep their bats quiet - We definitely aim to defend our crown Friday."
Hoover noted it will likely be difficult, as Fort Ann has recorded double-digit scores in 10 of their 13 games in 2009.
The Warriors have the talent, experience and pitching depth to accomplish their goal, however. Leading off the pitching roster is Peter Gaibrois, who's renowned for keeping hits to a minimum.
The Warrior firepower, however, is just as consequential. Consider leadoff batter Ryan Lynch, who's batting .418 and leading the team with 33 hits this season as of Monday. Then there's Jake Nelson, who's slugged 10 home runs for 2009, backed up with 24 RBIs and an overall batting average of .324. The remainder of the roster isn't far behind.