RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – The Warriors jumped out in front early and hung on to pick up their eighth straight win, a 7-4 decision over Chaffey Tuesday afternoon at Lowder Field.
Ricky Ramos picked up the start for the Warriors (16-2, 3-0) and held the Panthers (13-5) scoreless through six innings.
The Warriors got on the board in the sixth, erupting for six runs. Leading off the inning, Noah Barba hit a triple to right center, then scored on a passed ball. The rally continued as Cody Wissler drove in Darian Sylvester with a single. Trevor Casanova followed with a single to bring in Hunter Lewis. Ty Conrad continued the momentum with a 2-run double to plate Wissler and Casanova with a drive to the right center gap. Ryan Eastburn extended the score with an RBI single bringing in Conrad to cap off the inning.
The Panthers finally ended their scoring drought in the seventh, scoring four runs in the inning to cut the Warriors once comfortable lead down to two.
But ECC got some insurance in the eighth as Angel Mora drove in Brady Dorn with an RBI single. Jake Carr then came in to pitch and slammed the door on the win, allowing just two hits and fanning two to pick up his third save of the season.
"My goal was just to continue to hit the strike zone as soon as I got in," Carr said. "Once I'm in there, I just try to stay calm."
Ramos earned the win, pitching six innings, allowing four runs, seven hits, four strikeouts and one walk. Stropky pitched one inning, allowing no runs, two hits and one strikeout.
Wissler went 4 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. Casanova went 2 for 5 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Dorn went 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Eastburn went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a walk. Barba went 2 for 4 with a triple and a run scored.
"We had great approaches offensively all day," Warriors head coach Nate Fernley said. "I was really proud of how we strung at bats together."
The Warriors play Chaffey College again on Thursday at 2:00 pm at Warrior Field.