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March 25, 2014

PREP BASEBALL: Warriors take advantage of time at historic Rickwood Field with two Tuesday wins

BIRMINGHAM — Playing a few games at America’s oldest baseball park each year will likely never get old for West Point, which pulled off a pair of “Cap” Brown Tournament wins at historic Rickwood Field on Tuesday.

The Warriors kicked off the day with a 14-0 thrashing of Fairfield and later held on for an 8-7 triumph over Ramsay, pushing their record to 13-11.

Will Wrenn and Jordan McKenzie combined for a five-inning no-hitter in the opener. The former struck out seven in three frames to earn the decision. The latter fanned five in two innings of relief.

Adam Stewart sent a shot over the fence as part of a 2-for-3 performance that included three RBIs, two runs and a stolen base. McKenzie didn’t go yard but was equally impressive offensively, accumulating a double, a triple, three RBIs, two runs and a theft on the basepaths.

Bryant Farley (two RBIs) and Wrenn (three runs) were both 2 for 4, Ryder Jones ripped a run-scoring triple and Derrick Sloan chipped in an RBI. Blake Yearwood (two stolen bases) and Riley Voce had a hit apiece.

The tourney’s two-hour time limit helped West Point escape from Game 2 with a six-inning victory.

Jones took care of business on the hill for the first 3 2/3 frames before McKenzie sealed the deal with no runs and two hits allowed in the last 2 1/3 innings to notch the win.

Farley was 3 for 4 and and Jones 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs each. Levi Laney (2 for 3), Wrenn (hit) and McKenzie (hit) all drove in a run. Voce, Stewart, Yearwood and Tanner Rusk pitched in a single apiece.

The Warriors will continue tourney play Wednesday in Birmingham.



% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.

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