FARMINGTON— The battle between RC-Baker and RC-Foster, whose rosters will make up the next few years of Piedra Vista baseball, turned out to be a one-sided showing in favor of RC-Baker.
RC-Baker dominated all aspects of Friday night's game to earn a 12-0 victory under the lights at Ricketts Park.
"The guys have been hitting the ball really well," RC-Baker coach Thomas Kellenaers said after the game. "From top to the bottom of the lineup they're hitting the ball hard and putting the ball in play."
In the bottom of the first inning, RC-Baker jumped out to an early, scoring five runs in the inning, three of which coming on an Elijah Gamboa triple hit over the head of the RC-Foster center fielder to clear the bases.
The first inning also saw RC-Baker draw four walks and do damage once they reached first. In the inning the RC-Baker baserunners stole four bases, two coming from Kyle Dewees, who finished the night with four stolen bases in his two appearances on the bases.
"That's kind of our staple," Kellenaers said of the aggressive baserunning that lead to nine stolen bases in the first two innings. "We tell these guys to be aggressive, and if we're going to make outs let's make them being aggressive. And really with the way the top of our lineup is, we have a lot of speed one through four right now so anytime those guys get on base we're gonna find a way to put pressure on the defense and be aggressive and make them throw us out. And they really embrace that."
There was further evidence of the embrace in the second inning.
After drawing a walk on a passed ball, which scored Tyler Archuleta from third, Dewees made it to second on a piece of heads-up baserunning when RC-Foster catcher Devin Williamson took his time getting to the ball at the backstop.
Dewees took third on the next at-bat after tagging up on a Tyler Mead fly ball to right field, and went on to score his second run of the game when a T.J. Padilla chopper down the third base line hopped over the bag to stay fair for the third of four runs in the inning.
RC-Foster got both unlucky and lucky to start the bottom of the third, all in one play. On what should have been a routine ground ball, the throw from third to first was wide, allowing Andrew Caliendo to reach for RC-Baker. But as Caliendo turned to make his way to second on the passed ball his momentum carried him into first baseman Colton Foster. The collision sent Caliendo to the ground and forced him to stay at first. The next play resulted in a 5-4-3 double play.
After the game some of the RC-Baker players said it was their best game of the season.
"This is three games in a row that we've been really good at the plate, hitting the ball really hard, getting deep into the count, being patient and waiting for our pitches. This is our best game defensively as of late and coupled with how good we've been hitting it's been good," Kellenaers said of the performance. "Tonight Logan Klunder looked really good on the mound. He struggled a little bit early but filled it up and let our defense do work. I'm pretty happy with the result."