The South Warren baseball team increased its chances to avoid the District 14 Tournament play-in game with a 4-2 victory at Warren Central on Monday.

South Warren (12-14, 5-5 District 14) can finish second with a sweep of the Dragons in this week's three game series, but could fall into the 4-5 play-in game if Warren East wins more games against Greenwood than the Spartans do against the Purples.

SWHS did its part on Monday, rallying from a two-run deficit.

Both of Warren Central's runs came in the first inning with three straight two-out hits.

Michael Bush started the rally with a single to center. Nate Bowen followed with an RBI triple down the right field line and Drew Herndon made it 2-0 with an RBI single.

South Warren starting Cameron Shryock settled in after that, allowing one hit over the final six innings.

Warren Central starter Nathan Bowen matched him for the first four innings.

Bowen worked out of a second and third jam in the second inning and got some defensive help in the third.

With runners at second and third and no out, Warren Central threw out a runner at the plate on a slow roller to third. South Warren loaded the bases with two outs when Jacob Smiley hit a fly ball to right-center that Warren Central right fielder Noah Thornberry was able to make a diving catch on, keeping the score 2-0.

South Warren broke through with a three-run two-out fifth inning rally.

After Bowen retired the first two hitters, the Spartans used infield hits from Andrew Vanthournout and Jacob Vaughan sandwiched around a walk to Jacob Lewis that loaded the bases.

Jacob Smiley then hit a slow roller to second base for an infield hit. WC second baseman Ethan Johnson rushed a throw to first that got away, allowing a second run to score.

Vaughan would score the go-ahead run when Bowen was called for a balk.

Vaughan added an insurance run with an RBI groundout in the seventh.

South Warren outhit Warren Central 6-4. Vanthournout led the way with two hits.

The two teams will meet again at 7:30 p.m. tonight at South Warren.

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