NEW RICHMOND - When his team needed him most, Dylan Repass did what seniors do.
With a depleted pitching staff thanks to three straight games, Repass gave his team six strong innings as the Warriors staved off a second-straight elimination game to beat Liberty 10-6 Friday night.
"I just tried to do my best for the team," Repass said. "I'm a senior and I just thought, 'I don't want to go out tonight.' So I tried my best, gave it all I had. I was getting tired there at the end but I gave it my all."
With ace Matt Caldwell and two McQuade Canada on the shelf with a pitch count situation, it came down to Repass and sophomore Luke Laxton. Laxton closed it out in the seventh when Repass ran out of pitches.
"He did a great job," Wyoming East coach Ron "Chief" Mayhew said of Repass. "He came in as a battler. He took hits early in the game but he bounced back. We talked about it before the game how momentum was going to bounce back and fourth in games like this today when pitching staffs are getting low. It wasn't one of his A games, but it sure was a good game."
The momentum certainly appeared to be on the Raiders side early in the game, when they had three-straight hits to start the contest, a two-run double by Chris Begley the big hit staking Liberty to a 2-0 lead.
The momentum quickly disappeared when Ethan Hill drove a deep shot to center field but centerfielder Chris Harvey chased it down and then doubled of Begley, who was caught between second and third.
Wyoming East got the runs back plus two in the bottom of the inning, mainly going station to station, scoring runs on single Tanner Whitten, a walk to Chris Harvey, an error and a sac fly.
Canada ended up scoring four runs in the game. Since moving to the leadoff spot in the order seven games ago, Canada is 9 for 21 (.429) and has scored 12 runs. He has scored multiple runs in six of the seven games and in 14 games this season.
"As the leadoff man, you're supposed to get on any way you can, whether it's a walk, a hit, and Chief and them (the assistant coaches) trust me," Canada said. "I'm not a big believer in putting doubles hitters, power hitters, at certain spots in the order," Mayhew said. "I want my best hitters up there. What if McQuade hadn't been in that spot (the previous night against Westside, when he had the game-winning RBI against Westside in the eighth inning)? You want your best hitters up there as many times as possible."
Wyoming East batted around in the first (scoring four runs) and in the sixth inning (scoring three times). They added single runs in the second, fourth and fifth.
Liberty did outhit Wyoming East 11-8.
But Repass continually pitched out of trouble.
He had the double play in the first. In the third and fourth innings the first two Raiders reached base but came back with a couple of key strikeouts in both innings.
In the seventh inning, Laxton was the benefactor of a slick play by shortstop Matt Caldwell.
The Raiders had scored two runs cutting the lead to 10-5 and had the bases loaded with no outs.
Dalin Adkins lined a shot at Caldwell, who dropped the ball then picked it up, stepped on second and converted the double play, his 10th of the season.
Upon further review, he didn't drop the ball accidentally.
"Oh yeah, I told McQuade (the Warriors third baseman) before the play started if we got line drive to that side to drop it so we could get out of the inning (with an easy double play)," Caldwell said.
A run scored on the play but the double play cleaned up the inning and Laxton struck out the next hitter to end the game.
Caldwell also saw his hit streak reach 20 straight games.
"Me and Chief, we work a lot (on hitting)," Caldwell said. "You just have to hit the center of the ball. Contact is where it's at. My teammates help me out. It's a lot, but you can't think about it. You just have to come out every game and try to hit the ball and win games."
It was the second-straight elimination game the Warriors fought through as the No. 2 seed Warriors tried to get back in the tournament.
"After we lost the Independence game, we knew we were going to have to pitch everybody and his brother to win these games," said Canada, who had to re-enter the Westside game to get a key out and this went over the 30-pitch mark making him ineligible to pitch Friday, which was the original plan.
"We knew the task at hand before we played these games. We just told them guys, we just have to win today and worry about tomorrow later. We can't count our chickens before they hatch. And everybody that's came in did a great job."
Wyoming East 10, Liberty 6
Liberty 200 001 3 - 6 11 3
Wyoming East 410 023 x - 10 8 1
Battery - L: Hunter Stump, Isaac Atkins (6) and Ethan Hill. WE: Dylan Repass, Luke Laxton (7) and Eric Hoosier. WP - Dylan Repass 115 pitches, 72 strikes, 6.0 IP 10H 6R 5ER 2BB 5K. LP - Hunter Stump 88 pitches, 50 strikes, 5.0 IP 8H 10R 5ER 4BB 2K. Hitting - L: Nate Griffith 2-4 (run), Shawn Pennington 1-4 (2 runs), Chris Begley 3-4 (2B, run, 2 RBI), Ethan Hill (run), Logan Williams 1-3 (2B, RBI), Dalin Adkins 1-3 (RBI), Hunter Stump 2-4 (run), Trey Tabor 1-2 (RBI). WE: McQuade Canada 1-3 (4 runs), Eric Hoosier 2-3 (run), Matt Caldwell 2-4 (2 runs, RBI), Tanner Whitten 2-4 (run, 3 RBI), CLay LEster )2 runs), Chris Harvey (2 runs), Chase York 1-4 (2B, run, 2 RBI), Brandon Simpson (RBI).