Veterans opens year with win over NS-Columbus

Veterans got its baseball season under way Tuesday with a 5-4 win at Northside-Columbus.

The Warhawks entered the sixth trailing 4-3, but with two outs in the books, Jemalie Simmons – from the ninth spot – singled. Jacob Pierce, who homered to start the game – walked, his third of the game. Jayden Chance (1-4) singled to load the bases before an error on Leyton Pinckney’s grounder enabled both Simmons and Pierce to score.

Daniel Hawthorne then worked a perfect sixth and seventh. He worked three innings total, giving up one hit and striking out four. Two others also saw time on the mound. Ben Gibbs started and worked two and a third. He gave up two hits and two runs, while walking two and striking out four. Hunter Varnadoe worked one and two-thirds. He gave up two hits and two runs. He walked three and struck out one.

Veterans had nine hits in all – spread out among eight hitters. Ben Gibbs had two of those – one a double – in four at bats. He also had an RBI.

The game began with both scoring a run in the first. The Warhawks went up with two in the second, but the Patriots tied it in the third and then went out front with a run in the fifth.