Getting in the groove: Storter allows only five hits to lift Montrose past Central

Photo by William Woody—Montrose’s Jordan Passehl makes a shoestring catch Saturday in the sixth inning of the Indians’ 5-3 victory over Central at Suplizio Field.

Photo by William Woody—Montrose’s Jake Plankis, left, looks surprised the ball finds his glove in the fifth inning. Plankis eventually turned a double play in the Indians’ 5-3 victory over Central on Saturday at Suplizio Field.

Jeremy Storter did what he had to do.

During Saturday’s 5-3 win over Central, the Montrose starter hit his spots and found his rhythm late in the game to help the Indians earn a share of the Southwestern League championship.

“I stayed out there and kept competing,” Storter said. “They hit it off me, but our team made plays and everything worked out.”

Storter allowed only five hits against the Warriors in a pitcher’s duel with Central senior Scott Clow.

The two combined to allow a total of 12 hits in a pair of complete-game efforts.

“He kept us in the game and did a great job out there,” Central coach Chuck Yost said about Clow. “It’s frustrating when you’re not getting hits and runs behind you.”

Scoring was at a premium Saturday and each team took advantage of mistakes by the other team — whether errors or walks — to score.

“They got a couple of timely hits with runners on and we didn’t and that was the difference,” Yost said.

The Warriors started the scoring, in the bottom of the first. Leadoff hitter Alec Rupe walked, Clow singled, both moved up a base on a passed ball and both scored to give the Warriors an early 2-0 lead.

The next half inning, Montrose took advantage of a lead-off double by Bryce Gaber and two errors, to score three runs.

But as the game went on, the two pitchers found their groove. Clow allowed two more runs in the final five innings and Storter allowed only one run in the final six.

“Late in the game, (hitting spots) was key,” Storter said. “I was sort of losing it in the first, second, third, but I brought it back up, kept throwing strikes.”

Storter helped himself out in the fifth inning with an RBI double, which scored Glayden Berry. Storter stole second and scored on a ground out by Nate Robertson.

Central’s only other run came in the fifth inning when Lanny Baker, who had walked to lead off the inning, scored on a single by Spencer Hicks.

Central finished the game without an extra-base hit.

“We knew they were a good team coming in and we knew we were going to see their best,” Yost said. “We’ve lost a lot of heartbreakers this year and it’s one of those deals where we wanted to come out and play well for ourselves. A couple of breaks go our way and we’re right where we need to be.”

Central (6-13, 3-7 SWL) is done for the season.

Montrose (17-2, 8-2 SWL) will find out its next opponent when the state playoff brackets are released Wednesday.


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