FARMINGTON — The 4-Corners ClubSox fought off elimination from the Connie Mack City Tournament with dominant pitching, beating Naa’taanii 9-0 tonight at the Farmington Sports Complex.
Mikey Hooper and Orlan Warren each pitched three innings for the Sox. Hooper started the game and was perfect during his time on the mound, not allowing a base runner. After the third, with a 6-0 lead, 4-C sent Warren to the mound. Warren allowed one base runner in his three innings.
“They really pitched well, pounded the strike zone and stayed low in the zone,” 4-C coach Brycen Campbell said of Hooper and Warren. “We had a lot of ground balls and low pitch counts. We only threw 60 pitches in the game — both pitchers threw 30 pitches. They really hit their spots, and we played solid defense behind them.”
Hooper also led the Sox at the plate, finishing the game with a pair of doubles. Campbell said the rest of the lineup produced at the plate as well, piling up singles during the game.
The ClubSox will play the Halos at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ricketts Park.
“We’re just going to play our game. We know that if we play our game we’re going to like where we’re at,” Campbell said. “If we show up to the field and do our job, we’ll like our results.”
Halos 3, Pumpjacks 2
The Halos made all the plays they needed to, and got a bit of help from the Pumpjacks along the way, to keep their season alive with a 3-2 walk-off win in the second round of the Connie Mack City Tournament tonight at the Farmington Sports Complex.
The Halos held a 2-1 lead for most of the game and took the slim margin into the top of the seventh.
In the seventh, the Pumpjacks tied the game with a squeeze bunt from Jac Cordova.
But in the bottom of the inning, the Pumpjacks committed two errors, the second of which led to the Halos’ winning run.
Chance Harvey reached safely after the Pumpjacks couldn’t field his ground ball to second base to lead off the inning. The Halos bunted Harvey to second during the next at-bat. The Halos continued to play small ball, having Byron Dedman bunt to try to move Harvey to third. Dedman’s bunt was successful, and on the throw to first, the Pumpjacks overthrew, allowing Harvey time to sprint home for the winning run.
“Our intent was to try to move the runner to third and get him in position to score, but it worked out even better when they had that overthrow to first,” Halos' coach Pedro Tom said of the final play.
Aside from the seventh-inning dramatics, pitching dominated the bulk of the game with the Halos' Aarwin Chee keeping the Pumpjacks off balance.
“We couldn’t hit the ball,” Pumpjacks coach Nick Clayton said in a text message. “(Chee) threw really well. We had two hits the whole game. He threw great.”
The loss ends the Pumpjacks’ season with the team going 0-2 in the tourney.
The Halos remain alive on the bottom half of the bracket and will play an elimination game against the 4-Corners ClubSox at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ricketts Park.
“You have to come ready to play. Baseball is a mental game and if you’re fully there mentally you have a chance to win,” Tom said. “We have to come ready to play and see what happens from there.”
Fuel 12, KC Storm 4
The Fuel faced little trouble in its second round game against the KC Storm, rolling to a 12-4 victory tonight at Ricketts Park.
The Fuel scored twice in the first inning, then added six more in the second on numerous mistakes from the Storm to take an 8-0 lead.
“I bet we put 10 to 12 guys on base for them,” Storm coach Bryan Wardroup said. “We had too many walks, struggled to find the strike zone and (the Fuel) capitalized when they needed to.”
The Fuel added one more run in the third on a Dominic Hines RBI double.
Heading to the top of the fifth and trailing 9-0, the Storm got going with a four-run inning.
Kobe Boyd got the inning started with an RBI single. During the next at-bat, Derek Curley reached on a walk and later came around to score on a Fuel error.
After the Storm added another run on a Shane Roanhorse ground ball that scored Boyd, they got their fourth run on a Brock Beckstead RBI.
Helping the Storm to its fifth-inning rally were multiple walks by the Fuel.
“Walks will kill you every time,” Fuel coach Kim Carpenter said. “We’re up 9-0 in the fifth and start with back-to-back walks. We had an issue in the fifth where we kind of scrambled.”
The Fuel got the runs back in the bottom of the inning, again after the Storm allowed costly mistakes. In the inning, with the bases loaded, the Storm walked in one run, hit a batter to push in another, then allowed the final run to score on a wild pitch.
The Storm will play Strike Zone in an elimination game at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Farmington Sports Complex.
The Fuel will play the Flat Bill Ducks at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ricketts Park. The Ducks are coming off of a bye after beating the Halos 13-2 Monday night.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.