Trio of hitters lead Warriors to rout of Parkland

Wabash Valley second baseman Brian Fuentes squares up to swing at a pitch. Fuentes went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBIs in the Warriors' 15-5 victory over Parkland on Tuesday.

MOUNT CARMEL -- Wabash Valley College baseball's offense has been potent all season long, a collection of lethal hitters lead the Warriors to an average of 12 runs per game. They continued that trend on Tuesday when the Warriors routed Parkland 15-5 at Wabash Valley College.

The Warriors streaked well ahead in the third inning when their bats exploded for seven runs, highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of freshman shortshop Savier Pinales, leading the Warriors to an early 8-2 lead.

Head Warriors baseball coach Rob Fournier platooned a variety of arms once again, as six Warriors saw action on the mound today. Freshman righty Nick King started the game, hurling three innings of no-hit, two run baseball, though no runs were charged to King (1-0). He struck out three batters and allowed three walks in his three frames of action.

Other key Warriors at the plate included sophomore second baseman Brian Fuentes, who went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs, four runs scored and three RBIs, and sophomore DH Miguel Rivera who went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs. Pinales finished his day 2-for-4 with his grand slam giving him his four RBIs.

Fournier surely would like his defense to be more sure-handed than they were in this one, as they were charged with two errors that allowed for three unearned runs to score.

With the victory the No. 1 ranked Warriors extended their win streak to 44 games, a near record pace. No team has been able to topple the Warriors since Feb. 16, when they lost to Wallace State CC-Hanceville.

The Warriors (46-1) will close out their season this weekend with a series against John A. Logan, beginning on Friday at home at 3 p.m., followed by the conclusion of the series in a doubleheader at Logan on Saturday beginning at noon.

Game scoring:

PC -- 0 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 -- 5

WVC -- 1 0 7 2 0 1 2 2 -- 15

WVC notable hitting: Myers 1-for-5, R, RBI. Fuentes 2-for-4, 2 HR, 4 R, 3 RBIs. Rivera 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBIs. Sykes 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBIs. Pinales 2-for-4, HR, GS, R, 4 RBIs. Scheumann 0-for-0, RBI.

Warriors pitching: King (1-0) 3 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.

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