Glencoe opens conference play with shutout victory
Tide blank crosstown rival Century 3-0 to get their first league win of the season
If Glencoe can keep playing baseball like it did on Tuesday, it will be one tough customer in the Pacific Conference this season.
Hosting Century at Ben Petrick Field in the first game of league play on Tuesday, the Crimson Tide jumped on the Jaguars with two runs in the first inning, and then they rode an impressive pitching performance from Kyle Campbell and a stout defense to a 3-0 victory.
The boys played well today, a very crisp baseball game, said Tide coach Tim Stewart. I think it was an hour and 12 minutes, which is something pretty rare even at the varsity level to have a game that fast.
A lot of good defense on both sides and good pitching performances on both sides as well.
Despite playing well, Century dropped to 6-4 with the defeat. Glencoe upped its record to 4-6 overall and snapped a five-game losing streak. Three of the losses in that stretch came by a run each.
But the Tide were winners on Tuesday. In a contest in which runs proved difficult to come by, Glencoe seized control early by knocking Century starter Josh Sundquist and the rest of the Jaguars for two runs.
Jacob Vice started the scoring sequence with a double to right field, and Kevin Coronado reached base on a sacrifice bunt and a Century error. Then Joey Haynes made the Jaguars pay for the mistake with a two-RBI single.
The only other scoring tally in the contest came in the fourth inning, when Avery Elrod plated Gabe Garrison with a single.
We had a rough preseason, so its good to get back on our feet and get the W, so were really excited about that, Elrod said. Now we got a lot of momentum moving forward.
Campbell was tough on the mound, scattering three hits to go along with five strikeouts and one walk. The senior allowed no Jaguar past second base all afternoon long, and he allowed no Century baserunners to come aboard over the final three innings.
My fastball, I had very good command of it today, Campbell said. And my defense was phenomenal, just had my back on everything, just making great plays. Our bats were alive, my curveball was working. Everything was just feeling good today.
As Campbell mentioned, the defense helped with that, easily handling ground and fly balls for outs, and Trevor Williams made a spectacular diving catch in foul territory along the first base line to pick up the first out of the seventh inning.
Century and Glencoe wrapped up their two-game series Wednesday. Results were not available at press deadline.
Both teams are back in action today. The Tide are at Tigard, while the Jaguars host McMinnville. Start time is 4:30 p.m. for both contests.
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