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Vipers deny Warriors Championship

The Warriors fell 10-5 in six innings at Pembroke Complex on Sunday in the tournament’s championship game behind a strong offensive performance by Caeden Graham.  Graham boosted his batting average thanks to a perfect 3-3 day at the plate to pace the Warriors. He doubled in the first inning and singled in the fourth and sixth innings.

In the top of the first, the Hit'n Mill Vipers grabbed the early lead, 2-0. The Warriors quickly matched the Vipers' strong inning with a two-run inning of its own in the first as Graham plated Brandon Eldridge and Daniel Stanley, who was courtesy running for catcher Campbell Smithwick, with a double into the right centerfield gap.

Hit'n Mill didn't relinquish the lead after scoring three runs in the second inning. The Hit'n Mill Vipers pushed across one run in the third inning, three in the fourth, and one more in the fifth. 

After pushing across two runs in the bottom of the fourth, Warriors faced just a 9-4 deficit. An RBI single by Nolan Crawford and an RBI single by Benjamin Lewis gave the Warriors life, but two was all they could muster.

The Warriors attempted to mount a comeback in the sixth by getting two runners aboard, but only scored one run on a groundout by Nolan Crawford.

Graham was the tough luck loser on the mound.  The lefthander lasted just an inning and a third giving up five runs on six hits.  Dalton Stround and Brandon Eldridge each pitched for the Warriors in the contest.

The Warriors will be back in action in Myrtle Beach on Saturday June 13.

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