Vikings crush Murrah, clinch playoff berth

Published 7:39 pm Friday, April 16, 2021

Warren Central has punched its ticket to the MHSAA Class 6A baseball playoffs.

Jack Wright struck out six batters in three innings pitched, and helped his cause by going 2-for-3 with two triples and three RBIs at the plate as Warren Central crushed Murrah 15-0 Friday at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson.

With the victory, the Vikings (6-16, 3-5 MHSAA Region 4-6A) clinched the third and final playoff berth from Region 4-6A. They will face the second-place team from Region 1-6A when the playoffs begin April 29.

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Warren Central beat Murrah 11-1 when the teams played earlier in the week, and didn’t even need a full five innings to get another run-rule victory on Friday.

After getting an unearned run in the top of the first inning, the Vikings erupted for seven runs in the second and seven more in the third to finish the game in three innings.
Wright hit a two-run triple in the second inning and tripled again in the third to drive in another run.

Warren Central finished with 12 hits, half of which went for extra bases. Floyd Davenport went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored, Seth Sterling was 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBIs, and Braxton McCurley doubled, drove in one run and scored two. Blake Channell also tripled and scored a run.

Warren Central and Murrah will play one more time, Saturday at noon at WC’s Viking Field.