SKOWHEGAN — One thing Messalonskee pitcher Devin Warren is never going to worry about is defense. With brothers Sam and Jake Dexter at shortstop and second base, and Travis St. Pierre at third, Warren is not afraid of his pitches being put in play.

“Sam and Jake, those two guys are probably the best up the middle. Travis, he knocks down everything at third,” Warren said.

At Skowhegan on Monday afternoon, Messalonskee’s infield was strong again. The Eagles recorded 11 groundball outs, and Warren went six innings for the 5-0 win.

“I’m very pleased with this group, especially over the last three games,” Messalonskee (8-5) coach Ray Bernier said. “We’re getting timely hitting. We’re getting good pitching, and we’re playing excellent defense.”

Warren struck out five, walked none and allowed four hits over six inning before Jake Dexter closed the game with a scoreless seventh. Skowhegan never had a runner reach third base.

“(Warren) threw strikes. We put a lot of balls in play,” Skowhegan (5-8) coach Rick York said. “When you’ve got Dexters up the middle and St. Pierre at third, they’ve got solid defense.”

Warren said he felt he didn’t have command of his curveball early in the game, but found it in later innings.

“It was nice and warm and I was nice and loose all day,” Warren said. “I relaxed and came out firing strong.”

Added Bernier: “He’s been doing well all season, except for his opener against Lewiston. Devin’s coming into his own.”

Messalonskee scored two runs in the top of the first inning to stake Warren to a lead. Jake Dexter led off with a double and scored on Sam Dexter’s single. After St. Pierre doubled, he scored on a single by Warren.

The Eagles added three unearned runs in the seventh. After Skowhegan starter Cody Moody retired the first two hitters, Sam Dexter and St. Pierre hit back-to-back singles. Warren reached on an error, scoring Dexter, and Reid Nutter followed with a two-run double to right center.

Moody struck out three and walked three. Trevor Hisler had two hits for the Indians.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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