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Montrose baseball defeats Delta in windy brawl

On a very windy day, the Montrose baseball team beat Delta, 19-9, on Tuesday.

Braeden Sprout put the Panthers ahead 1-0 with a solo home run. Montrose responded when David Dominguez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Luke Hutto reached a defenseman’s pick with the bases loaded and Rocco Manuel hit a two-run double to give Montrose a 4-1 lead.

After holding the Panthers, Montrose scored five more runs and took a 9-1 lead after two innings. The Panthers weren’t going away as they scored four runs in the top of the third. Montrose added one late in the third, making it 10-5 after three innings.

The teams continued to score, as it was 14-6 after five innings. Sprout hit a two-run homer and Brendan Baier had a solo shot to make it 14-9 in the bottom of the sixth. With the bases loaded, Manuel hit a double clearing bases and Montrose went on to win by ten.

Gage Wareham had three hits, walked once and scored four runs. Jaxon Barnett had five hits, one RBI, scored four runs. Zeke Steenburgen had one hit, one RBI, three walks and scored three runs. Manuel added three hits and five RBIs.

“We knew a nine-to-one lead wasn’t going to cut it in the wind,” Montrose coach Landon Wareham said. “I think Delta swung the bat really well and our kids had some really good approaches today. Our seniors have stuck with our program all year and I couldn’t ask for more. Very proud of them .”

“I think we played well today,” added Hutto. “We did a great job sticking to our approaches and getting shots when we needed them. Mr. Wareham is an excellent coach and we are very lucky to have him as our coach. He was my coach growing up, he is understanding and above all he wants to win. He gives Montrose the best chance of winning.

“I think we did well,” Delta coach Steve Reiher said. “We just allowed too many giveaways with walks and misses. I can’t give a team like Montrose those kinds of opportunities or they make you pay.

Landan Clay had four hits. Sprout had two homers and three RBIs. Baier had a brace and a home run. Ty Reed had a double, two singles and two RBIs. Lance Porter also had three hits and two RBIs.