By ANGELO VELOTTA
For the Star Beacon
The Edgewood Warriors hit early and often on Monday as they pounded out 19 runs in defeating the Conneaut Spartans on the road, 19-6.
Edgewood (12-4) didn’t wait to find their offense rhythm at all. After a Connor McLaughlin single Louie Wisnyai connected on a huge two run home run over the right field wall to give the Warriors the early 2-0 lead.
“It’s always nice when your three hitter has four hits and your four hitter has five hits,” Edgewood coach Bill Lipps said.
Nick Johnson walked and Matt DiDonato smacked a huge double up the middle to set up a two-run single for Al Graeb, giving Edgewood the 4-0 lead after one inning.
But, Conneaut answered right back as Christian Williams and Joey Borgerding were each able to bring in a run, cutting the deficit to 4-2.
Edgewood continued rolling in the second as McLaughlin and Tony Magda singled and scored on a Nick Johnson double to push the lead to 6-2.
Matt DiDonato singled and then Devon Maurer scored 2 more runs on another Edgewood double. Four more runs for the Warriors made it 8-2 after the top of the second, all nine Edgewood batters stepped to the plate.
“I thought we were really efficient in the batting box,” Lipps said.
The bottom of the second saw Conneaut bring in another run as well, this time by Michael Mirando.
Magda added another run for Edgewood in the top of third on an RBI single to plate Andrew Graeb getting the lead back up to six runs.
In the bottom of the third inning the Spartans needed some more offense and they got it. Dylan Morici kicked things off with a single. Williams knocked a huge double then Borgerding smacked a 2-0 run double to make it 9-5.
Mikey Teed would later add another run on a double of his own making it 9-6.
“(I was) happy with our bats,” Conneaut coach Walker Graher said. “(We) put it together in the third with consecutive hits.”
With the score 9-6 heading into the top of the fourth inning Edgewood did what it did best all day, scored more run.
Louie Wisynai connected on three-run double, scoring in Al Graeb, Steven Perkio and Andrew Graeb. Magda plated him with a single, making the score 13-6.
The Edgewood offense got going again in the sixth as it scored six runs, including Wisnyai’s second homer of the game to effectively end any hopes of a Conneaut comeback.
On the day, Wisnyai went 4-5 with eight RBI, two homers, a double, a walk and three runs scored.
Magda also had a solid day at the plate, going 5-6 with three RBI, two runs and a stolen base.
Matt DiDonato also went 2-4 with three runs scored, a double and a walk.
Graher was pleased his team didn’t stop playing hard despite the lopsided score.
“They kept at it,” Graher said. “Everything (was) a base hit, they (Edgewood) hit the heck outta the ball, I give credit for them..
“(We) knew they had a nice offensive team, one kid hit two home runs, (they were) finding the gaps.”
Edgewood won with offense, but Lipps liked how his team played in the field.
“A combination of getting to play more baseball in a row because of the sun,” he said. “(We had) a long stretch with no games, (and we) played good defense today.
“It’s always nice to win on the road, it’s always nice to play consistent baseball.”
Edgewood starting pitcher Alex Vencill got the win on his birthday throwing all six innings in giving up six runs and fanning two.
Velotta is a freelance writer from Concord Township.