Montrose's Haynes shuts down Central
High, low, right corner, left corner, curveball, fastball, change up — Skylar Haynes was masterful.
The Montrose High School senior right-hander was in total command from the first pitch to the last — a called strike three — in Thursday’s 13-0 six-inning shutout of Central at Canyon View Park.
“I hit my spots and used the defense behind me,” Haynes said. “I had pretty good command and just went out there and threw strikes.”
He admitted he didn’t have good command of his curveball until the later innings, but he kept Central hitters off balance throughout, finishing with a two-hitter and five strikeouts.
Offensively, Montrose (14-0, 7-0 Southwestern League) scratched out a run without a hit in the first inning, then put up back-to-back three-run innings in the second and third.
Garrett Zarkis went 3 for 4 with four RBI. In the second he ripped a double to deep left to drive in two runs.
“It was a fastball that I wanted to hit hard,” he said. He admitted that he never thought about the ball possibly sailing over the fence.
“I just put my head down and ran hard,” he said with a smile.
The senior came up with the bases loaded in the sixth and hit a single up the middle to bring in another two runs for the Indians.
Montrose finished with 14 hits, but only had the one extra-base hit.
“We played our game, we did the little things and executed,” Montrose coach Landon Wareham said.
Montrose threatened to jump to a huge lead early when they loaded the bases in the second with a single, a walk and a gorgeous bunt single from Jake Kastendieck, who finished with three hits.
But Central pitcher Michael Price coaxed a high chopper to Alex Schaneman at second. The infielder stepped on second and rifled a throw to first for an inning-ending double play.
Price, who finished with six strikeouts, looked to be heading for an easy inning in the third when he retired the first two. After singles from Tyrus Lopen and Jake Bradburn, Zarkis connected on his long double.
Central (7-7, 2-3) had its best scoring chance in the bottom of the fifth when Frank DiThomas reached on an error, Brandon Martinez singled and Jeremy Champlin walked. With the bases loaded, Kyle Serrano hit a line drive right at Montrose shortstop Ben Cruz, who snagged it and tossed to second for the third out.
Haynes’ mound wizardry was the story of the game. Changing speeds and mixing up his pitches, few Central hitters hit the ball hard. He didn’t allow a hit until the fourth and had six groundball outs. He also used his quick move to first to pick off two Central base runners.