Hawaii Warriors out duel UCR Highlanders

By Jarred Jackson

In front of a crowd of 355 baseball fans, the Hawaii Warriors defeat UC Riverside Highlanders, 5-4, at the Riverside Sports Complex.

The Highlanders came into the game with an overall season record of (12-2), and a conference record of (8-16), while Hawaii came in with an overall season record of (15-33), with a conference record of (10-14).

The Warriors started off pretty strong keeping the Highlanders at bay and scored 2 in the first inning. UC Riverside struggled to get on the board in the beginning and was down after a 5-0 deficit when they scored their first run in the sixth inning. Devyn Bolasky led off.

Joe Chavez moved him to second on a ground out to first, and one batter later, David Andriese singled up the middle for the Highlanders’ first run of the game. Francisco Tellez led off the following inning ripping his fourth homer of the season over the right field fence to cut the Warriors advantage to three.

Kyle Boudreau doubled to center, and Hawaii starting pitcher Connor Little walked Nick Vilter on four pitches, forcing Hawaii to summon relief pitcher Lawrence Chew from the bullpen. Cody Hough grounded out to third advancing Boudreau and Vilter, and Bolasky grounded out to short to make it a 5-3 game.

Tellez got things going for the Highlanders again in the bottom of the ninth, with a single up the middle, and moving to second on a pinch hit single by Kevin Davidson. Vilter sacrificed both runners into scoring position, and Hough lifted a sac fly to right scoring Tellez. Bolasky hit a grounder back to the pitcher for the final out of the inning, and the Warriors held on for the 5-4 victory.


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