Connie Mack City League: Clubsox take advantage of errors, crush Halo 18-1
FARMINGTON — On its third game of the day, the exhausted Halo baseball team had a hard time staying out of its own way. It didn't help that the 4C-Clubsox was the team in the opposite dugout, either.
One of the favorites to host the Connie Mack World Series, the Clubsox jumped all over Halo early and often at Ricketts Park on Monday. By scoring seven runs in the first inning, six in the third and five more in the fourth, the Clubsox were able to best Halo 18-1 in only five innings of work.
Despite its success at the plate, Clubsox coach Brett Alexander thinks the best is yet to come for his offense.
"I don't think you've seen the best of what this offense can do," Alexander said. "We're still missing (Jeff) Deimling and (Daniel) Herrera and some guys like that who are going to meet us up in Albuquerque for some games this weekend. So we're getting everyone we have here some extra at bats to get ready for the city tournament."
The hitters who were present for the Clubsox on Monday didn't have a problem putting runs on the board.
Wyatt Weaver had two runs batted in as part of a seven-run opening inning explosion for the Clubsox, but Halo's defense didn't do starting pitcher Aarwin Chee any favors.
Halo, who had just completed a make-up doubleheader against Naa'taanii earlier in the day, committed two errors in the first inning and nine overall on the day.
Halo coach Pedro Tom said a snowball effect can take shape after a team makes an error or two, and that was the case on Monday.
"After making one error, it all depends on how you handle that one error as a team," Tom said. "I always tell the boys that you have to limit mental mistakes. If we eliminated even half of those (errors) it would have been a different ball game today."
Once the Clubsox chased Chee from the game, Cameron Begay came in for Halo and did manage to blank the Clubsox in the second inning, but he couldn't hold them down for long.
Weaver, Tyler Barker and Kody Russell each drove in runs in the third inning. Chris Moore belted a two-RBI double in the fourth.
With so much run support on the day, Alexander had the luxury of sending five different pitchers to the mound on Monday.
"To get us back on rotation and keep us on our bullpen sets, it was good for us to come in and get a bunch of different guys some work," he said. "We want to start getting things set up for the city tournament."
Gunner Archuleta started and allowed one unearned run. Lukas Frazzini, Jordan Benfield, Barker and Tyler Archuleta each pitched an inning.
The Clubsox are waiting for word on a possible make-up game for Wednesday. If that doesn't materialize, the team won't play in Connie Mack again until the city league tournament, which takes place July 6 through 11.
Halo will play Bloomfield tonight at 8 p.m.