Baseball: Warriors win sixth straight, defeat first-place Jackson 4-2

warrior-logoBrady Edwards pitched 6 1/3 strong innings and Tate Budnick closed out the game on both the mound and at the plate as Edmonds-Woodway won its sixth straight game, a 4-2 victory over the host Jackson Timberwolves. Budnick homered in the fifth and came on in relief to close out the game by retiring the last two T-Wolves.

Wednesday’s game started similar to the day before with the Warriors jumping out to an early two-run lead. Mac McLachlan reached first and Jason Smarr laid down a sacrifice bunt that not only advanced McLachlan to second, but also got him to first when the first baseman bobbled the ball. Budnick hit a sharp grounder by the third baseman, scoring McLachlan. Two batters later, Smarr scored for the second run of the inning.

Jackson would answer with one of their own in the bottom of the inning and another in the fourth inning to tie the game at two. In the top of the fifth, Smarr led off with a single to left, and after looking at two balls, Budnick took the next pitch not only over the left field wall, but past the cars parked behind it. “I’m seeing the ball really well,” said Budnick.

Edwards, meanwhile, made the most of his third start of the season, allowing 9 hits, but yielding no walks while striking out two. Budnick would come on to save Edwards. After Jackson had the tying run on second and only one out, Budnick shed his catcher gear and came on to strike out the first batter he faced on a called third strike and then get the final out on a grounder to second that Jack Kennelley fielded cleanly and tossed to first.

The Warriors made the most of only garnering eight hits. Budnick had a first-inning single to go along with his homer, also getting 3 RBI. Smarr also had two hits for E-W. The win assures the Warriors of a series victory heading into Friday’s home game against the T-Wolves. A victory Friday would move E-W into second place in the conference. For now, the Warriors sit at 6-3 in conference, trailing Jackson by the one game. Friday’s game is at 4 p.m. at Warrior Field.

Edmonds-Woodway 200 020 0 — 4 8 0

Jackson 100 100 0 — 2 9 1

– By Jeff Smarr

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