HOCKESSIN, DE – Friday afternoon’s game between the Sanford Warriors and the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security Eagles ended in excitement for everyone in attendance.
One of the biggest storylines of the game was the offense and defense shown by Matthew Friedkin, the pitcher for the Warriors. Friedkin would start out the day on shaky ground as he was faced a man someone on third with one out. He then gave up a triple to Gage Wolfe that everyone in attendance thought scored the runner from third, but the umpire however ruled that the runner had not touched home plate and therefore was out.
The Eagle’s bench was livid as they had to move forward with having not scored the run. Friedkin was still in danger with a runner on third, and he gave an RBI single to Justin Farren that gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
The starting pitcher for the Eagles, Gage Wolfe, had some early wildness as well after walking the bases loaded to tie the game at 1-1. He did however find some control, enough to strike out the last batter of the inning to end the threat.
The Warrior’s bats came alive once again with Vincent Leo getting on base in the third and eventually stealing home to extend the Warrior lead to 2-1.
Friedkin would settle in, and also helped himself out by doubling two runs in during the fourth inning. This clutch hit gave the Warriors a 4-1 lead and gave Friedkin breathing room on the mound.
Justin Farren would come in during the fourth inning in relief of Wolfe and he was able to get a double play to end the Warrior bases loaded threat. This clutch pitching kept the game within reach for the Eagles as they attempted their comeback.
That comeback would culminate in the sixth inning when the Eagles had the bases loaded with Tyler Ward at the plate. With Friedkin still on the mound, Ward delivered a 3 RBI double to tie the game in the sixth at 4-4.
Starting in the bottom of the seventh the chips began to fall for the Warriors when Jaheim Hicks committed an error in right field on a fly ball that put runners on first and second with two outs. Following that, a sharp groundball to third could not be properly fielded and the bases were loaded as Trent Wall came to the plate. He connected on a pitch and drove it into right field, sending the home fans home happy as Sanford walked away with a 5-4 victory.
The starting pitcher for Sanford, Friedkin, finished the game with seven strikeouts over seven innings, giving up four earned runs and walking one. Friedkin also had a two run double, helping his team with both his pitching and offense. The Warriors improved their season’s record to 4-13 as the Eagles fell to 4-10, losing their second straight game.