Baker blasts five RBI, but errors cost Central win
Central High School outfielder Lanny Baker drove in five runs on two hits Tuesday, but the Warriors committed seven errors in an 11-7 loss to Montrose at Canyon View Park.
Baker came to the plate in the fourth inning with the Warriors trailing by five runs and the bases loaded. The junior ripped a double to deep left-center field, bringing the Warriors to within two runs.
Two batters later, Spencer Hicks singled home Baker, and the Warriors ended the inning trailing by only one run after the offensive outburst.
“He’s been swinging it real well for us,” Warriors coach Chuck Yost said of Baker.
“He’s been clutch, so it was good for him to be up in that situation.”
In the top half of the fifth, though, the Warriors gave the runs back. The Indians started off the inning with a double by Drew Trujillo. Four batters later, the Indians had knocked in a run and loaded the bases off two infield singles, a fielder’s choice and an error.
Roland McClaren stepped in with Warriors pitcher John Woods trying to get out of the jam and ripped a three-run triple to right. Woods stranded McClaren at third by getting the next hitter to ground out, but McClaren’s triple gave the Indians plenty of cushion.
“We battled back, we got within a run,” Yost said. “But the way we played today, we didn’t deserve to win that game.”
The Indians scored 11 runs in the five-plus innings that Woods worked, but six were unearned.
“He threw a great game,” Yost said of his pitcher. “It’s hard when you’ve got balls going through your legs in the infield, and we’re throwing the ball all over the place, to go out there and stay focused. I thought he did a great job battling on the mound and doing a little damage control himself.”
Dane Barslund relieved Woods with no outs in the sixth inning and got the final six outs, facing only five batters.
Dylan Begg and Travis Key both managed to get on base three times without getting a hit.