No team entered the 45th annual Dick Windemuth Easter Baseball Tournament hotter than Beyer High.
The Patriots were riding a streak of five consecutive shutouts – including a no-hitter by junior Micah Hall – into the four-day event.
Playing its opening game of the tourney on Tuesday, Beyer’s shutout streak lasted all of 1 1/3 innings, but it hardly mattered since the Pats pounded out 12 hits en route to a 17-4, mercy-rule victory over Ripon – their sixth consecutive victory.
“We are swinging ’em hot and that continued,” said Beyer coach Dom Duran. “It was fun to watch.”
Beyer scored four runs in the first inning, but the Indians came back against Patriots starter Drew Stahl to tie the score.
“We’re trying to develop a third pitcher for the playoffs,” said Duran. “Drew struggled with walks today, but our defense was there to back him up, and he got a few key strikeouts.
“We wanted him to finish that fifth inning, but he couldn’t quite do it. Connor Crawford had to come in and close the door.”
With the game tied 4-4, Beyer’s Jordan Walls (2-for-2) blasted a three-run home run that gave Beyer the lead for good. In addition to Walls, Jason Perry was 3-for-3 with four runs batted in, Jack Large was 2-for-3 with 4 RBIs, and Logan Smith was 2-for-3.
The Patriots will take on Pitman today at 12:45 p.m. at Enochs High, followed by a 3:30 p.m. game against Central Catholic.
Senior Mark Ackerman will start for the Pats against Pitman.
“Ackerman really wants the ball against Pitman,” said Duran, pointing out that the Pride eliminated Beyer in the second round of last season’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 playoffs. “He didn’t get to pitch against them last year, and he didn’t get to pitch against them in the preseason. He wants to play the best before he graduates.”
So, Hall gets the ball against Central Catholic, right?
“Nope, we’re saving Hall for Thursday,” said Duran, who said in Monday’s edition of The Bee that his team should win the Windemuth title. “As you know, we expect to be in the championship game.”
Downey beats MMC foes – After losing to Ripon on the first day of the Windemuth, the Knights came back with a 13-2 over Enochs, the co-leader in the Modesto Metro Conference race, and a 13-9 win over Johansen.
Austin Hamman went the distance against Enochs, allowing just two runs in the third while scattering five hits. At the plate, Sanjay Parmer was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Ty Nelson collected a pair of hits. Paul Wilson was 1-for-4 with five stolen bases.
For Enochs, Jacob Cooper-Steadman was 2-for-3.
Against Johansen, Downey starter Canaan Jaco was chased in the second inning, but reliever Preston Vandewater came in to stem the tide. Downey busted out with six runs in the third to take control. Nelson was 1-for-1 with a homer and four RBIs, while Jose Acosta was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Miguel Espinoza was 3-for-3 with a double and three runs knocked in for the Vikings.
Turlock wins a pair – The Bulldogs defeated Gregori 8-6 (after Gregori had dropped its first game of the day 2-0 to Tracy) and then beat Escalon 13-1 in a pair of afternoon games at Modesto High School.
Turlock trailed 6-3 after five innings, but erupted for five runs in the sixth to snag the victory. Nick Benson was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs for the ’Dogs, while Anthony Dugo and Hector Guerrero each stroked doubles for the Jaguars.
In Turlock’s 13-1 win over Escalon, Austin Bush was 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs. Alex Pallios, Anthony Moreno Ty Finnegan and Nick Avila each collected two hits. Nick Gonzales, Rob Domingos and Cody Cornell combined to four-hit the Cougars.
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Ceres 3, Yerington, Nev. 0 in Ceres – Alan Marquez and Bret Conway combined on a one-hitter as co-host Ceres improved to 2-0 in the tournament.
Jimmy Bates and Conway were each 2-for-3 with a double at the plate.
In other scores from McRae tourney, co-host Central Valley defeated Kimball (Tracy) 10-4, Orestimba defeated Salesian (Richmond) 5-0, Hughson topped Waterford 8-3, Rio Vista defeated Riverbank 5-3 and Excel Academy (Stockton) beat Brookside Christian (Stockton) 6-4.
Central Valley, Orestimba, Hughson and Excel are also 2-0 in the tourney action.