Lamar 18, Gunnison 2
On a warm Thursday at La Junta’s Potter Park, the Savages went deep early and often against the Cowboys to win their opening game of the La Junta Hampton Inn Classic. Senior Davin Jacobs belted his 2nd home run of the season in the first inning, seniors Dalton Chandler and Colton Eberhardt also homered as Lamar pulled away and improved to 6-0. Three Savage pitchers limited the Cowboys to five hits.
At 22nd Street Field on Friday, both teams battled high winds and played a fine game of baseball. The Savages shook off a slow start offensively, and went ahead for good on a bases-clearing triple from senior Dalton Chandler in the sixth. The Bulldogs nearly came back, but Chandler slammed the door, recording a four-out save with four strikeouts. The Savage defense was key, not committing a single error.
La Junta 5, Lamar 4
On Saturday back at Potter Park, the Savages started slow again, this time in all three phases. The #9 Tigers jumped ahead 5-0 after two innings. Lamar’s bats were quieted for five innings by Tiger starter Ty Addington. But the Savages fought back in the sixth inning, taking advantage of three Tiger errors and putting the ball into play. Four runs came across, and it was almost more, but a ball off the bat of junior Max Carere was ruled foul down the right field line, which took two runs off the board. Carere flew out on the next pitch and Lamar’s threat was turned away. The Savages got the tying run on base in the seventh, but a double play ended the game, and La Junta claimed the Hampton Inn Classic title.
The Savages are 7-1 overall, and they’ll have a lengthy break before they take the field again. Next for Lamar will be a game April 3 at Merchants Park where they will take on the Monte Vista Pirates at 3:00 pm. That game begins a stretch of 7 of 10 games at home to end the regular season.