NEW LONDON — The New London baseball team couldn’t end their search for their first win of the year on Tuesday night. The Tigers led by one run after four innings, but nine Van Buren runs in the final three innings helped the Warriors grab the lead and pull away for an 11-3 win.
Van Buren scored two runs in the top of the first inning. The Warriors held that lead through the next three frames until the Tigers finally got on board in the fourth.
Darius Whaley hit a one out double to put a runner on in the bottom of the fourth. Jaxon Allen knocked him in with a single, and Carter Allen blasted a two-run home run to left-center field to help New London steal the lead, 3-2.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, that was all the offense they came up with. Even worse, Van Buren bounced right back with four runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-2 lead.
The Warriors tacked on one run in the sixth, and added four in the seventh to go on to win the game by eight runs.
“We didn’t lie down, anyway,” said Tiger head coach Brad Helmerson after the game. “We came back and fought. Those scores we’re getting beat by sometimes aren’t always what the game was. That game is a little closer than what the final score was.”
Helmerson also talked about the struggle of replacing five starters from last year’s lineup. New London starts five freshman this season, and they’ve also had to almost completely overhaul the pitching staff.
“Our young guys have been doing a pretty good job,” Helmerson says. “We’re learning and getting better. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’re getting better.”
Whaley led the Tiger offense, going 2-3 with a double. Carter was 1-3 with a homer and two RBIs. Summerfield and Ryan Richey each went 1-3 with a double.
Carter threw four innings to start the game, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out four batters. Summerfield went two and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs (four earned) on three hits and seven walks, while striking out one.
The Tigers fell to 0-5 this season. They’ll visit Danville tonight (Wednesday) in SEISC South Division action.