17-run inning, Eberhardt Grand Slam, Combined No-Hitter Highlight the Day
Game 1: #2 Lamar 28, Trinidad 1 – (5 inn.)
Most folks that came to Merchants Park on Thursday afternoon knew that the Lamar Savage baseball team would be a heavy favorite against the Trinidad Miners, who had only won once so far this season. But it was likely that no one expected the kind of start that the Savages would get off to, which set the Miners back instantly and set the tone for the rest of the day.
Senior Lucas Watson walked to lead-off the bottom of the first. Junior Max Carere doubled him home for a 1-0 lead. Then senior Davin Jacobs belted his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left-center field and Lamar led 3-0.
Senior Andres Guevara tripled and then Trinidad pitcher Calvin Duran struck out senior Dalton Chandler for the first out. At that point Duran had thrown 20 pitches. He would throw 41 more and not record another out. 14 straight hitters reached base, and only when the Miners made a change and went to Matt Martinez, was the second out made. A sac fly off the bat of Carere plated another run.
Guevara lined out to end the inning, where the Savages sent 22 hitters to the plate, scoring 17 runs on 13 hits. It was assuredly, game over after one inning. But, the rules say you have to play five, and so the Savages tacked on another run in the second, six in the third and four in the fourth. Trinidad scored their only run of the day in fifth.
Watson went 4 for 4 with 6 RBI and he reached base all six times he appeared. Jacobs and Guevara each had three hits. Junior Addison Morales scored five times.
On the mound, senior Colton Eberhardt started and threw two scoreless innings. Junior Jaime Vasquez pitched the final three innings. Each struck out four Miners.
Game 2: #2 Lamar 22, Trinidad 0 – (5 inn.)
It goes without saying that things didn’t go well for Trinidad in the first game. And things weren’t any better for them in game two. The Miners spilled the ball numerous times, committing eight errors. The Savages scored one run in the first, then got the bats going again after that.
Six different Savages recorded at least two hits, including junior Kameron Farmer who had three. In the third, Eberhardt went deep to left field for a grand slam, his second homer and the eighth home run for the Savage team this season. The slam helped Eberhardt to lead Lamar with 5 RBI.
On the mound, three arms combined for the second no-hitter tossed by the Savages this week. Carere got the start and fired three terrific innings with five punch-outs. Sophomore Dylan McTaggart struck out a pair in the fourth, and junior Austin Sneller also struck out two in the fifth, which was his first appearance on the mound this season. Eleven different players have pitched at some point for the Lamar varsity this season.
The Savages improved to 6-0 in the Tri-Peaks East and 15-1 overall. Trinidad dropped to 0-7 in the division and 1-10 overall.
Next up for Lamar, the rivalry with La Junta. The Savages will host the Tigers on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 pm, and it’s the same start time on Friday from Potter Park in La Junta. These games will likely decide the division champion.