Van Buren’s baseball team improved to 4-1 Tuesday with an 11-3 victory at New London.
The Warriors scored twice in the top of the first, but no other runs crossed the plate until the Tigers took a short-lived 3-2 lead in the home half of the fourth. Van Buren responded with four in the fifth, one in the sixth and four more in the seventh to run away with the eight-run conference road win.
Sophomore Ryan Wolf went 4-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI with a walk drawn in his fifth at-bat to lead the Warriors offense. Van Buren collected 11 hits in total while drawing eight walks with junior Tony Davison hitting safely twice and earning two free passes, as well, that led to two RBI and two runs scored. Two more big bats were sophomore Treyton Bainbridge whom drove in three runs and senior Jacob Plecker whom scored four times for the Warriors.
Senior Mason McDonough started the game and went 4 1/3, earning the win with 66 pitches thrown equating to three runs allowed on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. His fellow recent graduate, Jacob Plecker, tossed 45 pitches over 2 2/3 innings while allowing no runs on three hits with no walks and one strikeout.
Van Buren is on a three-game homestand starting tonight versus Burlington-Notre Dame with Lone Tree visiting Friday and West Burlington coming to Keosauqua on Tuesday, June 11.