Warriors whitewash St. Martin's; LCSC pummels
Saints 16-2 behind Aguilar's pitching, Dyche's
By BRENNAN GAUSE
of the Tribune
After barely squeaking out its 11th consecutive win
Thursday, Lewis-Clark State made sure the 12th one was
never in doubt.
Sal Aguilar allowed one earned run over seven
innings, and Joey Dyche went 4-for-4 with three RBI and
three runs scored as L-C bashed Saint Martin's 16-2 on
Friday night at Harris Field in the opener of a
Aguilar struggled with his control in the early
innings, walking two of the first three batters he
faced, but settled down and continually got stronger as
the game progressed.
"He didn't look really good in the first inning,"
said Warrior coach Ed Cheff, whose team moves to 20-4.
"But after that he was pretty good. And for a cold
night, his velocity was good. He was throwing upper 80s.
I liked his curveball better as he went."
The Saints (6-17) took advantage of Aguilar's early
control problems, scoring an unearned run in the first
when a passed ball by catcher Dan Morrow helped set up a
sacrifice fly for Chris Nordness.
Josh Riley would score Saint Martin's only other run
in the third inning when Adam Siler lined a single into
left field. After that, Aguilar retired 13 of the next
15 batters he faced, including seven by strikeout.
"In the beginning, in the bullpen, I couldn't find my
release point," Aguilar said. "So, like in the middle of
the second inning, I found it and just kind of got into
While Aguilar was grooving on the mound, the Warrior
bats were beginning to light up at the plate. In the
bottom of the third L-C scored six runs as the entire
batting order reached base by way of five hits, two
walks and three Saints' errors.
Matt Vogel started things off, reaching on a throwing
error by Nordness, the third baseman. Then Jose Castenon
walked, and Allen Balmer followed with a home run over
the right-field fence, nearly hitting the scoreboard.
Brandon Morris took Brady Halverson's next offering
and cranked a double to the fence in left-center. He
moved to third on a wild pitch, then scored when Brandon
Ramsey got caught in a rundown between first and second
after walking on four straight pitches.
With still only one out down, Josh Celigoy tagged
L-C's third extra-base hit of the inning, a double to
right-center. Dyche, who had doubled in his first
at-bat, promptly drove him in with his second hit of the
night, a single to left. Dyche would later score on a
throwing error by Siler.
"I think everyone's timing was perfect," Dyche said
about the Warriors' breakout inning. "Everybody's seeing
the ball really well, and it was just a good night."
No one had a better night at the plate than Dyche,
who had struggled in Thursday's game against California
Baptist, going 0-for-3 in the Warriors' 5-4 victory. He
lined a two-run triple off the right-field wall during
L-C's four-run fourth inning and had another single in
the sixth. Dyche boosted his batting average to a
"I was just trying to get comfy," Dyche said. "I
struggled last game, so I was trying to fix my swing."
The Warriors would add two more runs in the sixth
inning and another four in the eighth to set the tempo
for the series.
Aguilar, who won his third consecutive start, moves
"I'm just letting them put the ball in play and
actually letting my defense work instead of trying to do
everything myself," Aguilar said. "I think we have the
best defense in America, so you might as well let them
play behind you."
NOTES -- Saint Martin's finished with seven errors,
the most by an L-C opponent this year. ... Ben Newton
pitched the final two innings for the Warriors,
recording four strikeouts while allowing no hits. He has
yet to allow a run this year in 10 innings of relief
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