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Warriors Come From Behind Again

Sunday, August 29

Warriors Finish Strong Against Burnsville (box score)

Dan Paulson helped the Warriors break out of their run scoring slump in a big way, pounding two home runs to lead Woodbury past Burnsville 8-2 in their season finale. Woodbury had gone 17 innings without scoring a run, but Paulson got the scoring going early against Burnsville by hitting a two-run HR in the top of the first. Paulson also added a double and a single, scored 3 runs and drove in a total of 4. Woodbury totaled 15 hits.

Rob Beard was strong through the first five innings, picking up the win. He held Burnsville to 2 runs on 5 hits. Cameron Biberdorf was overpowering in the final two innings, striking out 2 and not allowing a base runner. The appearance was key for Biberdorf because it allowed him to become playoff eligible.

Sunday, August 8

Warriors Cruise Past Burnsville (box score)

Dan Paulson led off the game for Woodbury with a home run on Sunday, and the Warriors went on to cruise to an 11-1 victory over Burnsville. Woodbury scored two in the 1st, five in the 3rd, one in the 4th and 3 more in the 7th. Starter Rob Beard was sharp, giving up an unearned run on two hits and 1 walk while going the first four innings. Rick Forrest pitched scoreless ball over the final three innings.

Leading the 15-hit attack were Paulson with 3 hits including a double, a homerun, 1 run scored and 3 RBIs, Doug Berfeldt with a double and a homerun, 2 runs scored and an RBI, Rick Moore who went 3 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI, Joe Vaughan who went 2 for 4 with 2 runs and and RBI, and Billy Soule who went 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs.

Friday, August 6

Warriors Edge Lakers (box score)

In a game that was tight all the way, Woodbury pushed across the winning run with two out in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Minnetonka Lakers 3-2 and inch ever closer to the top of the Classic League standings.

Although each team had plenty of baserunners, runs were scarce in this tight match up. Both teams scored two runs along the way with the help of a sacrifice fly and a clutch two-out hit. Woodbury scored their two runs in the 2nd and 3rd, and the Lakers scored theirs in the 3rd and 5th.

After getting out of a jam in the top of the 7th, the Warriors loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom half, thanks to a walk and two mishandled bunts. Minnetonka was almost able to get out of it by inducing a ground ball and a strikeout, but with two outs and the bases still loaded, Doug Ohs beat out a chopper to short to end the game.

Starter Kent Rogers got the win, throwing a complete game and getting a season high 9 strikeouts.

Sunday, August 1

Warriors Come From Behind Again (box score)

In a script similar to the previous week, Woodbury came from behind in their last at bats on Sunday to beat JT’s, 9-8. After getting down 8-3 in the 5th inning, the Warriors climbed back by scoring three in the 5th, two in the 6th, and one in the 7th. The final run in the 7th scored when Rob Beard was able to hit a sharp ground ball threw a drawn in infield, scoring Joe Vaughan from third.

Both teams scored in the first inning, with Woodbury grabbing the early 3-2 lead. It stayed that way until the 5th when JT’s scored six runs on seven hits, most of which cam after the Warriors failed to turn a crucial double play. Starter Rob Beard tired in the 5th and was replaced by Kent Rogers after six straight hitters reached after there were two outs. Rogers got the final out in the 5th and then held JT’s scoreless for the final two innings to allow Woodbury’s comeback to be successful.

Jeff Patterson led the hitting attack, going 3 for 3, with 3 runs scored and an RBI. Joe Vaughan also went 2 for 4, with a run scored and 3 RBIs.

Friday, July 30

Warriors Victory Comes At A Cost (box score)

Woodbury erupted for their hightest run total of the season, beating Northfield 15-1 in 5 innings. However, the win was costly as new recruit John McInerny appeared to break his ankle on an awkward slide at second base. In a huge blow to a team already struggling for players, McInerny had to be carried off the field and will undoubtedly miss the rest of the season. Joining the team just a few weeks earlier, McInerny had sparked the Warriors both offensively and defensively.

The Warriors fell behind 1-0 in the 2nd inning on a sacrifice fly, but quickly took command, scoring four runs in the third with the help of two doubles and triple. Then in the fourth the flood gates opened, with Woodbury scoring 11 runs on 11 hits for the final total.

Leading the hitting attack were Rich Beard, who went 3 for 3 with 2 runs and 3 RBIs, Billy Soule, who went 2 for 2 with 3 runs and an RBI, and Jeff Patterson, who went 3 for 4 with 1 run and 3 RBIs.

Rick Forrest started on the mound and threw the 5 inning complete game. Forrest struck out 4, while giving up only 4 hits and 2 walks.

Friday, July 23

Warriors Come Back to Beat Concept Group (box score)

Down to their last strike, Woodbury rallied to score the tieing and winning runs on a line drive down the left field line by Jerry Ross, beating Concept Group, 6-5. Ross also provided the first two Woodbury runs in the first inning with a 2-run home run.

Rob Beard started on the mound and struggled in the first, walking four and giving up two runs before getting out of the jam with a double play. After Ross’ tieing home run, Concept Group grabbed the lead again the third inning with a home run of their own, a 3-run shot that just dropped over the short left-center field fence. But after that, Beard stopped the Groupers cold, holding them hitless for the last 4 2/3 innings.

For Woodbury in the 7th, Joe Vaughan led of with a solid single, and was followed by a single from Jeff Patterson a walk from Kent Rogers to load the bases. After a ground out scored one run, Ross hit his walk-off single.