City Tourney: ClubSox eliminate Fuel 15-1

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON — The 4-Corners ClubSox came out hot and didn’t relax during their 15-1 rout of the Fuel in the fourth round of the Connie Mack City Tournament tonight at Ricketts Park.

4-Corners' Gavin Mestas reaches first base ahead of the throw during a game against the Fuel on Thursday at Ricketts Park.

The ClubSox asserted their dominance right away, scoring seven runs in the first inning. The club sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning, coming up with five hits with a run batted in each from Andrew Caliendo and Miles Hilton, and two RBIs each from Stone Romero and Gavin Mestas. Mestas came around to score later in the inning on a passed ball to make it 7-0.

“We talked about coming and having a strong start,” ClubSox coach Brycen Campbell said. “If we come out and let teams know that we’re here to play and have a strong start, it makes it tough on the other team.”

4-C piled up more runs in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs in the inning. Two of the runs came on Fuel errors, while Jason Herrera drove in a run, making it 10-0 before the first out was recorded.

“We had the one error in the first inning that really opened Pandora’s box,” Fuel coach Kim Carpenter said. “We could have been out of the inning, but instead they scored seven runs. It’s especially hard to come back against teams like (4-Corners) and no matter how hard you try to get back in it, it’s really hard to do.”

The Fuel committed seven errors in the game.

Caliendo added his second RBI of the game in the inning and came around to score on another Fuel error to make it 12-0.

4-Corners pitcher Ben Tingen held the Fuel to just five hits.

“He located his fastball and really dominated the strike zone,” Campbell said of Tingen. “He missed his spots a couple of times and gave up a couple hits, but I told him before the game that singles weren’t going to beat him, so if he pounded the zone, we’d be where we want to be.”

The Fuel avoided the shutout, scoring one run in the top of the fourth. Danny Carpenter started the inning with a leadoff single, then made it to third when 4-C’s pitcher Ben Tingen’s throw to first in a pickoff attempt got past first baseman Stone Romero. Dominic Hines delivered an RBI single to score Carpenter from third.

The ClubSox tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Anthony Montoya, Mikey Hooper and Hilton came through with an RBI each in the inning to make it 15-1.

The Fuel's Danny Carpenter slides into third base during a game against 4-Corners on Thursday at Ricketts Park.

The ClubSox will play the Rivercats Friday at Ricketts Park. The game time had not been determined tonight.

“It’s just another baseball game,” Campbell said. “(The Rivercats) are going to come out like everybody else, swing the bat, and they’re well coached. They do a good job at the plate, but I think if we play our game, everything will take care of itself.”

 Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.