Dalton Chandler throws no-hitter; Davin Jacobs goes yard twice to highlight DH sweep
On Monday at Merchants Park, the Lamar Savages and St. Mary’s Pirates met and played the doubleheader that was moved from April 7 to due to inclement weather. With temperatures in the low 80s and the wind relatively calm to start, conditions were much more favorable for baseball. Lamar, fresh off two wins at Rye this past Saturday, continued to impress, this time for the home fans as they took two from St. Mary’s and extended their winning streak to six.
Game 1: #2 Lamar 14, St. Mary’s 0 – (5 inn.)
Early on in game one, it was evident that Savage ace Dalton Chandler was on top of his game once again. Having come one out away from a complete game no-hitter last Thursday against Pueblo County, he was determined to showcase his near mid-90s fastball and in this game he also used his off-speed pitches to great effectiveness to keep the Pirate bats silent. What helped Chandler get through this one was the amount of run support his teammates provided.
In the bottom of the first, with senior shortstop Lucas Watson on base, senior outfielder Davin Jacobs came up and deposited a 1-1 pitch from Seth Chambliss over the left field fence to put Lamar ahead 2-0.
Then two innings later, with two runners on, Jacobs stepped to the plate again. The Pirate infield and coaches met on the mound to discuss how to work around the situation. Whatever the plan was, it didn’t work…
The Savages added two more runs in the third thanks to a single by junior outfielder Austin Sneller. With a dominant Chandler striking out hitters one after the next, it was apparent that Lamar would cruise to victory.
In the fourth, the St. Mary’s defense came unglued. Three errors along with three walks and four Savage hits produced seven more runs and a 14-0 lead.
Chandler got some defensive help in the fifth as senior first baseman Colton Eberhardt snared a sharp line drive off the bat of Matt Haines for the first out. Dalton then struck out the final two batters to complete the five-inning no-hitter. He only needed 70 pitches to complete it, 49 for strikes. 13 of the 15 outs recorded were via the strikeout. Chandler in 21.2 innings pitched this season still has not allowed a hit, and he has struck out 55 batters.
Game 2: #2 Lamar 6, St. Mary’s 1
Due to the pitch count rules and required rest after so many pitches thrown, the Savages did not have regular starter Colton Eberhardt and Davin Jacobs, who started in the second game at Rye last Saturday, available to pitch in the second game. But, no problem!
Head Coach Jason Veyna handed the ball to senior Lucas Watson, who had only thrown 6 1/3 innings all season long, mostly in a relief role. His only other start came in the Savages’ lone loss to La Junta on March 24. Watson started, but only threw the first inning. His longest outing of the season came in the second game of the season at Sterling on March 13, where he tossed 2 1/3 innings.
As the game progressed, the plan was clear that as long as Watson was pitching well, he would go as long as could. And he very nearly went the distance.
The only run the Pirates mustered came in the third when Logan Arrasmith hit an RBI single to left field. By that time, the Savages already had five runs on the board and got one more in the bottom of the third to complete the scoring. Lamar put four runs up in the second, with Watson singling home two runs, and a balk plus a ground-out scored two more.
Watson was nearing the pitch count limit of 110 in the seventh, and a pair of infield singles forced him off the mound. He pitched 6 2/3 innings, more than the number of total innings he had pitched all together this season. Lucas struck out 12 and only allowed the one run on five hits. He mixed his pitches well and utilized the entire plate to keep St. Mary’s off-balance.
The Savages improved to 13-1 overall and St. Mary’s dropped to 3-9. Lamar will next take the field at Merchants Park on Thursday, April 19 for a league doubleheader with the Trinidad Miners. The first game is slated to begin at 4:00 pm. These games have been moved up from Friday, March 20 due to the weather forecast predicting rain and wind gusts up to 40 mph. Thursday’s forecast shows sunny skies and winds at 20-30 mph with temperatures in the low 70s.