Havre De Grace Claims Victory In Annual "Fight for the Fungo" Rivalry Match With Aberdeen

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HAVRE DE GRACE - The Havre de Grace High School Warriors retained their bragging rights over the Aberdeen Eagles at last night’s annual “Fight for the Fungo” baseball game. Havre de Grace played a fantastic match, soundly beating Aberdeen 6-2.

The “Fight for the Fungo” is named after its eponymous trophy. The “fungo,” a weathered wooden bat, will remain in HdG for another year, honoring the legacy of its previous owner and Havre de Grace native, Cal Ripken Sr.

Havre de Grace lost the inaugural “Fight for the Fungo” in 2019, and the 2020 game was canceled due to the pandemic. The Warriors have since rattled off three consecutive victories in the annual grudge match between the rival schools.

The game opened with a ceremonial pitch from Austyn Ripken, Cal Sr.’s granddaughter, who delivered a strike, kicking off a strong pitching performance from the Warriors.

Havre de Grace sophomore Bryce Bauer pitched six innings, scoring an impressive eight strikeouts and only allowing four hits and two runs. Aberdeen used three different pitchers throughout the game, Tyler Kenney, KJ Miller, and Justin Simpers; they combined for eight hits and four walks. Kenney and Miller each recorded one strikeout.

The scoring kicked off when Warrior’s third baseman Dyllon Zachry-Nance passed home on an Aberdeen error at the plate. HdG designated hitter Frank Rogers had a great night, finishing 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Aberdeen’s only RBI came when center fielder Jack Morrill hit a “sacrifice” fly ball to right field.

The Warriors sit at 10-4 heading into the season's final stretch. They face Elkton tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

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