Last Updated: Friday, April 19, 2013, 12:20 AM
SEMINOLE-The Seminole Warhawks continued their winning streak in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference Challenge against the Northeast Vikings on Thursday night with a 4-3 victory.
After comeback wins against Tampa Jesuit and Tarpon Springs and their fifth overall consecutive victory, the Seminoles had a enough left in the tank to knock off the Vikings for the third time this season (10-3 and 6-2).
For head coach Jeff Pincus, tonight’s win was another great victory to have going into the post season.
“Any win is a big game, it’s always good to have a good matchup with a good district opponent,” said Pincus.
The Warhawks would get an early lead in the bottom of the first inning when Alex McGathey, after being hit by a pitch, would score the first run on a Corey Baptist single. Third baseman Scott Withrow and second basemanChris Berry would generate hits and the Warhawks would take a 4-0 lead.
A pitching change came to the Vikings in the second inning when Brien Story would take the mound for starterColton Tison. Seminole starter Stephen Nobles and Story would battle it out, when in the top of the fourth inning, the Vikings brought some life brought back to the ball game.
After swinging on a full-count pitch, and the ball going past Seminole catcher Doug Borgh, Sean Andersonadvanced to first. First baseman Drew Vimond and shortstop Jessie Moeller would bring runs in for the Vikings, as the Warhawks would hold a 4-3 lead after the top of the fourth inning.
“After the fourth, Stephen (Nobles) was a little stressed over the lack of defense behind him,” said Pincus. “But what I simply told him was what his job is and he did a good job. He probably could have gone out for some more innings, but we also wanted to get some of our other players out there.“
The score would remain the same throughout the rest of the game with Seminole pitchers Damian Lovett and Kyle Frickman setting up Baptist, who would close out the game sealing another Pinellas County victory for the Warhawks.
According to Pincus, when Baptist is ready to show his versatility on the field, not just as a first baseman, he proves it.
“When Corey wants to get the ball in a one-run ball game and close it out, he uses his arm to every last throw,” said Pincus. "Without a question, when the opportunity comes, he has the ability. When he throws strikes, he’s effective.”
Nobles stated that with next week being districts, they have to be ready and know that competition awaits them.
"We just need to stick to baseball next week,” said Nobles. “We can’t let our guard down at all.”
The Warhawks, along with the rest of Pinellas County, begin district games next week. Seminole will play on Wednesday at 7pm at Pinellas Park High School. They will play the winner of the Northeast vs. St. Petersburg district game.