Warken’s walk-off homer gives Eagles 14-4 win

The Eagles congratulate Cole Warken (left) at home plate after his game-winning three-run home run. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
The Eagles congratulate Cole Warken (left) at home plate after his game-winning three-run home run. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Cole Warken's walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Polk State a 14-4 run-rule win over St. Petersburg College tonight at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven. 

The Eagles have won three in a row, all against St. Pete, and have scored at least 10 runs in each victory. 

The Titans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a bases-loaded two-out single. 

Polk State leadoff hitter Raudy Martinez cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning when he blasted a pitch over the 390-foot marker in center field. 


Skylar Frey (right) congratulates Raudy Martinez on his first-inning home run. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

St. Pete added a run in the third on a single and a double. 

The Eagles answered with four runs in their half of the inning, taking a 5-3 lead. 

After Skylar Frey doubled, Zach Diewert was hit by a pitch, and Zach Scott singled to load the bases, Warken lined a single to left, scoring Frey and Diewert. 

Isaiah Cullum followed with a double to right to score Scott and Warken and put the Eagles up 5-3. 

In the fifth, Polk State added a pair of runs. With two out, Warken reached first after being hit by a pitch and scored on another double by Cullum. He took third on a wild pitch and scored on Zach Biermann's single. 

An inning later, Martinez led off with a double, Frey walked on four pitches, and, after both runners pulled off a double steal, Martinez scored on Diewert's sacrifice fly, with Frey taking third. He came home when Scott banged a double off the left-field fence. 

Scott advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a second-straight wild pitch. 

Pinch-hitter Tyler DeClercq followed with a single to right on an 0-2 pitch, scoring Cullum and giving the Eagles an 11-4 advantage. 

They set the stage for Warken's walk-off heroics in the bottom of the seventh when Frey and Diewert drew back-to-back walks. With two out, Warken then hit the game-winning home run. 

Drew Marino (3-0) got the win in relief of starter Justin Tworek

Trailing 7-4 in the sixth, the Titans had the bases loaded with one out, but Justin Gill came in from the bullpen and struck out two hitters, leaving the potential tying runs on base. 

The Eagles collected 12 hits, including six doubles and two homers. 

Warken went 2-for-4 with five RBI, three runs, and a stolen base. 

Cullum doubled twice, scored twice, walked, and drove in three runs. 

In addition to a double and a homer, Martinez had a stolen base, an RBI, and two runs. 

Scott (2-for-5) drove in a run and scored twice. 

Diewert had two walks, two runs, an RBI, a sacrifice fly, and a stolen base. 

Frey scored three runs, walked twice, doubled, and stole a base. 

Biermann and Orozco each went 1-for-2 with a walk. 

The Eagles (30-9, 14-4, No. 2 FCSAA, No. 57 NJCAA) play Hillsborough Community College at 6 p.m. Monday at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven.

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