Sussex Tech’s Warrington hurls 3-hitter, strikes out 11 in 4-0 shutout over Milford

Matt Warrington struck out 11 batters in his seven innings of work. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

GEORGETOWN — With two outs and a pair of runners in scoring position in the top of the sixth inning, Sussex Tech High’s Matt Warrington used just three pitches to earn an inning-ending strikeout.

The three-pitch at bat ended the Milford High scoring threat and preserved a 4-0 shutout win at home for the Ravens.

Warrington tossed a complete game three-hitter with 11 strikeouts, allowing the Ravens (5-1) to bounce back following a nonconference loss last Saturday.

“That’s always when he seems he’s at his best,” said Tech coach G.L. Jefferson. “When the lights are on, the cameras are on, and it’s a high-pressure and high-intensity situation, he just rises to the occasion.”

Jalen Snead drives in a pair of runs during Tech’s four-run first inning.

“The biggest thing was just getting ahead early on and then being able to work off the fastball after that,” Warrington said. “My thought was just to go right at them, and trust my defense. My outfielders played well today, and made some plays, and my infielders were solid.”

Warrington entered the top of the seventh inning with his pitch count sitting at 86 and he used just nine pitches to record the last three outs.

“When he’s on the mound, our team plays with a different type of confidence and it gives us a boost. It’s impressive, it truly is impressive,” said Jefferson.

Junior Chad Reichhold pitched a complete game for the Bucs, striking out four batters on 87 pitches.

Senior Caden Stanley recorded two of Milford’s three hits, with freshman Mason Morris registering the other.

It marks the first loss of the season for the Buccaneers (6-1).

Milford’s Chad Reichhold struck out four batters in his six innings pitched.

“Any win that you can get in the Henlopen Conference is a boost for your program,” said Jefferson. “That team is very good, and we’re fortunate to come out with a win and play the way we did.”

Tech collected 10 hits, with Ethan Ward, James Shockley and Braydan Graham each recording two.

“We have some depth in the lineup,” said junior Jalen Snead. “Everybody can hit around here. Knowing your teammates can hit, it just gives confidence to everyone.”

The Ravens scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the first inning off RBI singles from Ward and Tyler Heder and a two-run single by Snead.

“I wasn’t thinking RBI, but hey, I made something happen,” said Snead. “See the ball, hit the ball. That’s what I did, put it in the gap and scored two runs.”

Senior second baseman Braydan Graham throws the ball over to first baseman Ethan Ward for the out.

Six of those 10 hits, a double and five singles, were recorded in the team’s four-run first inning rally.

Tech’s second shutout of the season comes five days after a 5-3 nonconference loss to St. Georges Tech on Saturday.

“We came off a tough loss Saturday, where it was the first time our team was really tested,” Jefferson said. “I thought we battled back and put ourselves in position to win the game, we just kind of ran out of time in that situation.

“We had to wait a while to get back on the field — from Saturday to Thursday — but we took advantage of those practice days and mentally I thought we were very prepared today to come out and play a good ball game.”

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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