DANVILLE – Southmont used thirteen hits – all singles – to push across eleven runs, Saturday.
Starter Cam Chadd pitched a complete five-hit game against Danville to secure the Mounties fourth consecutive win 11-5, and even their Sagamore Athletic Conference victory total at two.
Six Mounties had more than one hit, chasing Warriors' starter Reece Jensen (LP) after four innings. In the meantime, Chadd (WP 4-0) overcame a rocky start, and kept Danville off-balance from the midpoint on. But the game didn't start out that way for the right-hander.
The Warriors' (4-6, 2-3 SAC) lead-off batter Collin Rutan reached, driven home by clean-up hitter Seth Tollison. Tollison scored on Ethan Shafer's RBI single, to give the Warriors a first inning 2-0 lead. Another two runs in the bottom of the third had Southmont coach Jamie Welliever keeping a careful eye on his sophomore starter.
“Cam wasn't missing by that much,” determined the coach. “I still felt comfortable leaving him out there.” Chadd recorded six strikeouts on the day.
The Mounties (6-3, 2-2 SAC) used two big innings at the plate to break open a tight ball game.
Chadd knocked home Zach Worm for the Mounties' first run in the second. Then in the third, the top of the Southmont order produced.
Koy Archer moved to second when Jensen tagged Boone Welliever with an errant curve ball, then Risty Bullerdick loaded the bases with a single to short right. Zach Worm's sacrifice fly to center brought home Archer. Cole Wemer then cleared the bases with a two-RBI single, and the Mounties quickly evened the score at four.
“We've been focusing on getting the lead-off batter on base,” Welliever explained. “It is really important for us to get guys on base – early, with no outs, if possible.”
Southmont's number nine batter, Clayton Berrisford, singled in the fourth, and – on Bullerdick's second single -- was joined crossing home plate by Cole Roach, running for Brandon Rogers. Three batters later, pinch hitter Ben Paddock collected two RBI by singling in Bullerdick and Wemer.
“I was really happy for Paddock. To see him come through was great. And he did that with two outs, too!” exclaimed Welliever.
In all, the Mounties scored five runs after their second out. The Southmont win follows a late night home victory over Owen Valley on Friday.
“Two wins in sixteen hours,” gleamed Welliever. “I'll take that.”