Warde offense hits skids without leadoff hitter Mike Foley

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Warde tied its season low for runs scored in a game in losing 4-1 to McMahon on Wednesday. The Mustangs were without their leadoff hitter and catalyst Mike Foley, who missed the game with an undisclosed illness. Warde mustered two just hits off McMahon starter Mark Ballard.

“Not that that’s an excuse for the other guys, but it changes roles,” Warde coach Mark Caron said.

Michael Luckner filled Foley’s role atop the order, and accounted for the Mustangs’ lone run with an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning. It was Warde’s last hit of the game.

Warde starter Justin Triunfo was shaken up in the bottom of the second inning when he pursued a pop up into foul territory and dove unsuccessfully to catch the ball.  McMahon had batters on first and second at the time of the play. After taking some practice pitches during an injury timeout, Triunfo returned to action and struck out Matt Downey. But Edwin Owolo, the number nine hitter, followed with a two-out double to make it 2-0.

Caron said he didn’t think the injury to Triunfo affected his control.

“I don’t think so. He had command after that; he was no worse off. He just got beat on one pitch.”

Cameron D. Martin

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