Pitchers pick up Gene Taylor’s

Complete games lead to DH sweep

Caden Woods, 6, of Gene Taylor’s American Legion baseball team, crosses first base Tuesday with an infield single, beating the throw to Centaurus first baseman David Neitenbach.

Josh Moore weathered a rough final two innings to finish what he started.

Then, it was Walker Williams’ turn to go the distance, twice escaping bases-loaded jams in the late innings without surrendering a run.

The pair of complete-game pitching performances Tuesday provided a much-needed shot in the arm for Gene Taylor’s as it swept a Colorado American Legion A League baseball doubleheader from Centaurus.

The two wins, 6-4 and 9-1, were a welcome sight after Gene Taylor’s (12-8) lost four of its previous five games.

“We needed those two wins,” Gene Taylor’s manager Dave Jahnke said.

A pair of losses to Greeley on Saturday led Jahnke to request greater focus from his players, and it started Sunday against Pomona with a 13-1 win, followed by a 10-9 loss.

“The big thing we talked about was being able to compete the whole game, compete pitch to pitch,” Jahnke said. “We played well Sunday. We carried how we played Sunday over to today.”

Jahnke then pointed to the pitcher’s mound and said that’s where success begins. Moore and Williams did their parts Tuesday.

Moore scattered five hits, walked four batters and struck out nine. He limited the Warriors to a run through five innings, then gave up three runs in the sixth but got out of the inning with runners on first and second.

In the seventh inning, after a groundout and a strikeout, Moore hit two batters, and an error loaded the bases. Moore kept his composure and struck out the Warriors’ leadoff hitter looking.

“Josh kept us in the game the whole time,” Jahnke said. “It got a little hairy in the (sixth and seventh), but he beared down, got tough.”

Meanwhile, Gene Taylor’s bats were silenced for the most part, mustering only three hits, but it seized on walks to score five runs in the second inning.

Similarly, walks fueled a six-run second inning in Game 2, but Gene Taylor’s threw a big hit in the mix: Zack Cox drove a ball over the center fielder’s head for a three-run triple.

“I hate to say it, but we’ve lived and died by the big inning,” Jahnke said.

It was a good thing Gene Taylor’s got it, because after it chased Centaurus lefty Nick Kelly in the second inning, the Warriors settled down. They got some help, though, from Gene Taylor’s base runners, picking off five of them during the game, including three in one inning: a pickoff by the pitcher and two snap throws by the catcher.

Williams, however, had all of the run support he needed and the bulldog mentality to weather two bases-loaded jams, including one in the fifth in which he fanned the final two batters.

“That game was Walker Williams,” Jahnke said. “He competes to the highest level. He gets mad if a runner gets on. He tries to pitch a perfect game every time out.”

Williams scattered six hits, walked four and hit one batter.

Gene Taylor’s returns Thursday to Canyon View Park, hosting Brighton at noon in a league doubleheader.

Montrose 15, Fruita 6: The Montrose U18 summer baseball team got a home run, two doubles and five RBI from winning pitcher Tyrus Lopez, who threw a complete game. Pete Lelich added four hits, including two doubles and a triple.

Fruita (17-10) got a three-run home run from Gabe Treider. Dylan Row had two hits, including a double, and Cody Basinger tripled.


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