Pitching dominates in Pirates’ sweep

Monte Vista High School’s Kaden Mellott sends a pitch to the plate in the first game of a doubleheader Friday at Adrian M. Gutierrez Memorial Field. Mellott and Jeremiah Baumgardner combined for a perfect game in the opener in which all 12 outs were strikeouts. The Pirates won 15-0. In the second game, Kobe Jiron and Judah Howe combined for a one-hitter in a 20-0 victory (Courier photo by Ken Hamrick).

MONTE VISTA – The Monte Vista High School baseball team tallied 35 runs in its doubleheader sweep of Custer County Friday at Adrian M. Gutierrez Memorial Field. But it was the Pirates’ pitching game that was the real story.

Monte Vista’s pitchers allowed only one hit in the entire twinbill including a perfect game in the opener. The Pirates won by scores of 15-0 and 20-0.

“Pitchers did a great job throwing strikes,” said Monte Vista coach Luke Bradshaw. “Overall we did a great job. It’s easy to fall asleep in those types of games. We stayed focused and locked in and did a great job.”

Game 1

After a scoreless first inning, the Pirates came alive in the second by scoring seven runs. Kaden Madrid started the rally with a walk and he stole second. He came home on Judah Howe’s single. Connor Mellott and Domyon Naranjo both had singles to load the bases, and Howe scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead.

Kobe Jiron also drew a walk to again fill the sacks. Jakoby Ross singled home Connor Mellott, and Azariah Hurtado cleared the bases with a triple. Hurtado came home on a wild pitch for a 7-0 lead.

Monte Vista put eight more runs on the board in the third. Madrid led off with a single, and Howe was hit by a pitch. Connor Mellott received a base on balls and Madrid, Howe and Connor Mellott all scored on wild pitches for a 10-0 advantage. Naranjo walked and Jiron was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, and Naranjo scored on Ross’ sacrifice fly. Kaden Mellott singled, and Madrid doubled home Jiron and Kaden Mellott. Howe’s triple plated Deon Baumgardner who was courtesy running for Madrid.

The game ended after four innings on the 15-run rule.

Kaden Mellott and Jeremiah Baumgardner combined for a perfect game. Not only that, they struck out every Bobcat batter with Mellott recording nine strikeouts and the win, and Baumgardner had three.

Game 2

The Pirates got off to a good start in the nightcap by scoring 13 runs in the bottom of the first. Jiron, Kaden Mellott and Hurtado all walked and all three scored on wild pitches. Jeremiah Baumgardner singled and advanced on a wild pitch. Madrid then struck out, but the third strike got past the Custer County catcher and Madrid made it to first base. Howe then singled to plate Jeremiah Baumgardner and Chayse Bouet singled to bring home Madrid for a 5-0 lead.

Naranjo was hit by a pitch and Jiron’s grounder erased Bouet on the basepaths, bit Jiron was safe on the play. Ross then doubled home Howe and Naranjo, and Kaden Mellott singled home Jiron. Hurtado’s singled brought Ross home, and Jeremiah Baumgardner singled home Kaden Mellott. Madrid’s single plated Hurtado, and Jeremiah Baumgardner and Deon Baumgardner both scored on wild pitches to wrap up the scoring for the first inning.

The Pirates put seven more runs on the scoreboard in the second. Todd Adams led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, and Jiron followed with a double. Adams scored on a wild pitch, and Kaden Mellott singled home Jiron for a 15-0 advantage.

Jeremiah Baumgardner reached on an error and Kaden Mellott scored on the play. Tyler Alley was hit by a pitch, and Howe’s single plated Jeremiah Baumgardner.

Bouet singled to drive home Alley, and Jiron was safe on an outfield error and Howe and Bouet scored.

The game ended after three innings on the 20-run rule.

Jiron started on the mound for the Pirates and he allowed no runs and one hit with six strikeouts and one walk. Howe finished the game and gave up no runs and no hits and he struck out two and walked one.

What’s next

Monte Vista (7-3, 4-0 Southern Peaks League) will host Sanford on Monday with a 4 p.m. start time.

“We’re looking forward to that,” Bradshaw said. “They’ve won some ball games and they haven’t lost yet. These guys are looking forward to it.”

Monte Vista 15, Custer County 0

Custer County 000   0 –   0   0   0

Monte Vista 078   x – 15   9   0

Rusk, Carichner (2, L) and Bradford. K. Mellott (W), J. Baumgardner (4) and Madrid.

Monte Vista 20, Custer County 0

Custer County     000 –   0     1   3

Monte Vista (13)7x – 20  12   0

Simmons (L), Stotzfus (2) and Weeks. Jiron (W), Howe (3) and Madrid.