Garrett Saunders had a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in three of Van Buren’s runs in the victory while combing with Robby Laughlin to allow just five hits to the Nikes. Each pitcher struck out four batters. Will Mertens had two hits and an RBI while Tyler Sprouse was 1-2 with a run.
Van Buren will be closer to home for their next two potential postseason games as the Warriors would play each of the next two games in Fairfield. Van Buren (21-5) hosts 7-16 Winfield-Mount Union at the Trojans’ baseball diamond on Thursday in the district semifinals with the winner playing either IMS or New London Saturday night in Fairfield.