Warsaw senior Caleb Heckaman eyes his target during his at-bat against Tanner Andrews of Tippecanoe Valley Wednesday in Warsaw.
Warsaw senior Caleb Heckaman eyes his target during his at-bat against Tanner Andrews of Tippecanoe Valley Wednesday in Warsaw.

The Tippecanoe Valley baseball team had almost twice as many hits and half as many errors as the host Warsaw Tigers Wednesday, but fell 12-10.
Despite outhitting Warsaw 13-7 and committing two errors to Warsaw's five, Valley's bugaboo was walks, which it issued 11 of and proved to be too many free bases to give up.
Valley senior pitcher Tanner Andrews began the game by walking two of the first three batters he faced, but the Purdue University-bound hurler settled down to retire the next five batters he faced, striking out four-in-a-row at one point.
While he did give up one run in the bottom of the first, he had a nice cushion as his team posted two in the top of the frame, then another four in the top of the second and led 6-2 after three innings.
Valley built its lead to 10-2 going into the bottom of the fifth, and at that point, it appeared the only question was whether or not the game would go the full seven innings.
Instead, Andrews began the bottom of the fifth with consecutive walks to Warsaw senior Dean Katris and senior leadoff hitter Justin Oberlin.
After issuing his fourth and fifth walks of the game, Valley coach Brandon Cody went to his bullpen, bringing in sophomore Luke Helton.
Andrews left the game with four innings pitched, and despite the five walks, he recorded six strikeouts and gave up just three hits.
"Tanner Andrews threw the ball very well," Warsaw coach Mike Hepler said. "He's going to be a good pitcher for Tippy and he's going to give a lot of teams fits. One of the things that really helped us was when they took him out of the game. We felt a little more confident. All we were telling them to do was put the ball in play."
Seeing the ball come to the plate a little slower, Warsaw loaded the bases following a walk to junior Ethyn Bradley.
Facing a dire situation, Helton settled down and got a strikeout, but then Katris scored on a wild pitch and junior Tyler LaFollette followed that with a two-run double, closing the gap to 10-5 before Helton struck out the final two batters of the inning.
"I think comfortability was a factor," Valley coach Brandon Cody said of his team's slide. "They were pretty excited to be up what they were, at 10-2. It just came down to the pitchers not being able to throw strikes. In my opinion, the strike zone was small, but you have to adapt to the umpire's strike zone."
After going down one-two-three in the top of the sixth, things really got out of control for Valley in the bottom of the frame, as Warsaw began by reaching on an error, then got two-straight walks, leading to Oberlin's two-run single, drawing the Tigers within 10-7 with nobody out.
The deficit was cut even more three batters later, as LaFollette scored Oberlin on a groundout, which resulted in the second out of the inning, but sliced the lead to 10-9 in the process.
Instead of creeping on the lead, Warsaw had its next two batters reach base, loading them up for senior Peter Shepherd, who lifted a ball deep to the fence and scored three, putting the Tigers on top 12-10.
Helton was then able to get out of the inning with a groundout, but by then, the damage was done.
"After we were down 6-1, I was telling the guys, 'There's still plenty of baseball to play.'," Hepler said. "Then, we were down 10-2 and I was saying the same thing. Then, low and behold, we score seven runs and we're coming out on top. It's just kind of a weird thing that happens. But that's high school baseball."
Before Warsaw could celebrate, it first had to avoid danger in the top of seventh, as senior Caleb Moneyheffer entered to get the save.
After giving up a single to freshman Alec Craig, danger was avoided as he was then picked off trying to steal second with Andrews at the plate.
Andrews then got a single, but a line drive by senior Isaac Shewman was then nabbed by Moneyheffer, who threw the ball to first for the double play, ending the game.
"Late in the game, we just couldn't string together a few hits at a time," Cody said. "It's hard to score runs that way."
It was hard for Valley to string those hits together thanks to Warsaw's bullpen, as junior Jonathan Murphy entered in the fifth inning and pitched 1-1/3 innings, allowing no hits and getting the win, before Moneyheffer came on to get the save.
In just their second game of the season, the Tigers were still attempting to feel out the pitching staff, and Hepler had a gameplan for those arms going into the game.
"I had already told the guys what order they were going to pitch in," Hepler said. "We were ready to get some guys on the mound. Some of them did better than others. It's going to take us a little while to figure it out.
"I thought (senior Cody) Bixler settled down very nicely," he added. "Murphy settled down very nicely. Then, Moneyheffer got us out of that last inning. It wasn't pretty, but it was effective. We got guys on the mound that we wanted to see and that's important. We have a lot of new arms, so we need to see how it works out."
At the plate, there was no one player that carried the entire load, as seven different batters got a hit, although Shepherd's three-run double stood out, as did LaFollette's three RBIs and Oberlin's two-run single in the sixth.
Valley actually had the better offensive numbers, as junior Drake Hyden went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Shewman went 3 for 4 with two doubles and four RBIs.
However, walks and a lack of fire as the game went along cost the Vikings.
"We just need to keep our intensity up," Cody said. "When we were up 10-2, everybody was hooping and hollering. They need to keep that throughout the entire game."
Valley's next contest is a doubleheader against Bremen on Friday, while Warsaw travels to Bethel College to take on South Bend Clay today, then heads east to Columbia City Friday night.

TV 240 220 0 - 10 13 2
W 100 137 x - 12 7 5
Warsaw - James Brandes (ND, 2IP, 6R, 3ER, 6H, 0K, 0BB), Cody Bixler (3, ND, 2-2/3IP, 4R, 3ER, 5H, 0K, 2BB), Jonathan Murphy (5, W, 1-1/3IP, 0R, 0H, 1K, 1BB), Caleb Moneyheffer (7, S, 0R, 2H, 0K, 0BB) and Peter Shepherd, Ryan Marshall (7).
Valley - Tanner Andrews (ND, 4IP, 4R, 2ER, 3H, 6K, 5BB), Luke Helton (5, L, 2IP, 8R, 7ER, 4H, 3K, 4BB, 1HB) and Garrett Bell.
2B - Tyler LaFollette (W), Moneyheffer (W), Shepherd (W), Isaac Shewman (TV) 2.
Records: Warsaw 1-1, Valley 1-3.