Hitting streak, teamwork leads ‘Gades to victory

P.W. Scobey

It was a come-from-behind win.

Teamwork was apparent in the bottom of the seventh inning when the ‘Gades scored on eight runs off 11 hits against the College of the Canyons during an April 24 game.

“We’ve been that kind of team all season, and our offense is very capable,” coach Tim Painton said.

The ‘Gades won the game 10-6.

The unstoppable run kicked off with Chase Hoffman hitting a double. From there the hitting was contagious. Canyons’ pitcher Kris Krise helped the Renegades out by throwing two errors to first, allowing runners to advance. J.P. Slauenwhite replaced Krise and finished the game.

BC was slow to score at the beginning of the game. Starting pitcher Wayne Foltin walked five players and struck out three at the beginning of the game.

“I felt good in the pin, but once I got out in the mound I was uncomfortable,” Foltin said.

Foltin said he was not tired at all, just frustrated because his pitches were not where he wanted them to be. A towering Matt Garnett, who finished the rest of the game for the ‘Gades, later replaced him in the fifth.

“Matt always comes through in the clutch,” Foltin said.

The Renegades trailed 4-1 before rallying in the bottom of the fifth with James Clifford singling to first base, allowing Chase Hoffman and Jeff Earnest to score. Both teams remained blank in the sixth, and the Canyons would remain scoreless until the top of the ninth.

Canyons’ Joey Morelli doubled at bat, allowing Eric Lingren and Nick Enciso to score,

“We did what we needed to do, we didn’t capitalize on scoring opportunities early in the game, but the team came back and the big seventh inning was huge,” Painton stressed.

Catcher Chris Huston described the team as one with no individuals.

“This team is the most talented, hardest working, best group of players I’ve ever played with, and I truly believe that we can go all the way and win,” he said.

Painton feels that the team can win the state conference if “we remain consistent and cut down on the number of walks.”

The Renegades are No. 5 in the state and have been consistent from the start. The team is currently 22-8 and 12-6 in league.

“We’ll see what happens in the next six games,” Painton said.