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Opponents no match for Stanislaus baseball
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Cal State Stanislaus junior Casey Filkins, left, completes an out at first base during the Warriors’ 18-8 win over Academy of Art on Friday afternoon. - photo by CHHUN SUN / The Journal

By the time the seventh inning rolled around, the fans in the stands at Warrior Field were getting a little antsy and eager to leave, even though there were plenty of baseball and sunshine left during Friday afternoon’s nonconference game between Cal State Stanislaus and visiting Academy of Art.

“Just get this game over with,” one fan shouted.

There’s a perfectly good explanation for that comment, as the Warriors were up by a bunch of runs by then with no chance of their opponents making any sort of miracle comeback. Even fans of Academy of Art looked at the scoreboard in disappointment, especially after seeing the final score: Warriors 18, Urban Knights 8.

The Warriors were once again productive throughout the afternoon, but then they exploded for seven runs in the seventh. And that’s when fans became a little antsy with anticipation of leaving the ball park to go about their day. The Warriors have been dominant all week against their visitors, thanks to victories of 9-3 and 11-4 during the two previous days.

On Friday, starting pitcher Kory Wallace earned the win after throwing 5 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and just two walks. He was supported by leftfielder Fred Atkins, who went 2-for-5 with four runs scored and 4 RBIs, while both second baseman Thomas Shull and designated hitter Michael Johnson went 2-for-4 at the plate with one RBI apiece.

Atkins and centerfielder David Contreras both knocked out home runs.

Ross Gonsalves, a Hilmar High graduate, also finished the day going 2-for-4 with one run scored. He and his Stanislaus teammates will return today to Warrior Field, where the 3-0 Warriors will host the Urban Knights in a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.

To contact Chhun Sun, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2041.