Osceola Edges Dunedin In Pitchers Duel
In a game that featured twice as many strikeouts as hits, the visiting Osceola Warriors squeaked past the Dunedin Falcons on Wednesday night. While the starting pitchers stole the show in this one, it was Chase Achuff who emerged the hero for the Warriors, leading off the sixth with a triple to deep right field and then coming home on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Cottle.
The triple by Achuff was just the third hit allowed by Falcons starter Nathan Plumb, who went the distance on the mound. After allowing a lead-off single to start the game, Plumb settled in and kept Osceola off the scoreboard and, for the most part, the base paths for the next five innings. He did not find himself in any more trouble until the fourth inning, when he gave up a base knock and a free pass to start the frame. Even then, he was able to work his way out of trouble and keep the 0-0 tie intact.
Meanwhile, the Warriors own starter, Corey Ireson, kept pace every step of the way, also lasting all seven innings. A two-out single in the first and a lead-off base-hit in the fifth were all the Falcons were able to touch him for as he posted five Ks against just one walk to emerge victorious.
John Paul Andrade, who posted one of Dunedin’s two hits, kept things interesting by advancing to second base on an error with two outs in the final frame but Ireson induces a fly out to center field to secure the Warriors second win of the 2016 campaign.
The loss evens Dunedin’s record at 2-2 with a battle against the undefeated Countryside Cougars looming on Friday night.