D.H. Conley senior Robbie O’Neal hit a home run in the top of the seventh inning as the visiting Vikings beat Eastern Wayne 13-7 on a cold Tuesday evening.
“For five innings we played really good baseball,” said Eastern Wayne head coach Randall Fields. “We proved in those five innings we can play with any team in the state. In two innings, though, we had some errors and didn’t make routine plays we should’ve made, and it cost us the game.
D.H. Conley took a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but in the bottom of the fourth, the Warriors stormed back into the game. Junior Wesley Case hit a double, which scored two runs. Then Daniel Weeks hit a two-run single that tied the game 4-4.
In the top of the fifth, D.H. Conley scored two runs to take a 6-4 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, the Warriors were unable to respond as D.H. Conley pitcher Mitchell Hofler tossed two strikeouts in the inning.
“Our strategy for pitching didn’t pan out because of errors,” said Fields. “The pitchers played well, and we just didn’t make the plays in the field behind them.”
The Warriors couldn’t stop the Vikings in the sixth as the Vikings scored three more runs to take a 9-4 lead. Eastern Wayne managed to get two runners on base, but Hofler struck out Sam Rice to end the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, with D.H. Conley up 13-4, the Warriors refused to quit. Eastern Wayne scored three runs to make the score 13-7 but was unable to get any closer.
“We’ve worked a lot on being aggressive at the plate in,” said Fields. “In these first two games of the season, even though it’s early, it’s proven we’re scoring more runs this year than we did last year.
“There’s no doubt that we have a chance of getting some wins. We can hang with anybody.”
The Warriors (1-1 overall) play host to Smithfield-Selma on Thursday.