Shutout streak reaches three; LCSC drubs Western Baptist 11-0,
16-0 in doubleheader sweep
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Lewiston Morning Tribune
After his Lewis-Clark State baseball team
completed its third consecutive shutout, Ed Cheff wasn't sure how
that fete rated historically. As it turns out, the Warriors have had
only one other such three-game stretch in Cheff's previous 28
While he wasn't aware of that trivia, "I know that's the first
time we've ever pitched 12 guys in three games -- and they all
pitched well," Cheff said.
L-C wrapped its one-sided series with Western Baptist on Saturday
at Harris Field with wins of 11-0 and 16-0. Combined with a 20-0
blowout on Friday, LCSC outscored the visitors from Salem, Ore.,
47-0 and outhit them 55-14.
L-C used a preplanned pitching rotation -- something it often
does in early-season outings -- sending out four hurlers in all
three games. None of them gave up more than three hits and none of
them walked more than one batter.
This high-water mark for the pitching staff came after its poor
showings last week against Washington State and Portland.
"It's really hard to make too much of this; you can't get
super-excited about this," Cheff said. "But it's hard to throw up 27
shutout innings against anybody. Each guy went out and pitched well,
and we didn't hardly walk anybody."
In Saturday's opener, Toshi Sasa starting the scoring with a
fourth-inning solo homer. The Warriors, up 5-0, then exploded for
six runs in the eighth, as Allen Balmer drove in two runs with a
Sal Aguilar started the game and worked three perfect innings.
The right-handed senior collected four strikeouts.
LCSC wasted no time in the second contest, rattling off five runs
in the opening inning. Dan Morrow provided a two-run, two-out
Center fielder Joey Dyche narrowly extended his hitting streak to
12 games, cracking a single to left field in the eighth. Morrow,
Balmer, Justin Fuller and Josh Celigoy all collected three hits
Nick Colborn, who started on the mound, collected three
strikeouts and allowed three hits in three innings. He picked up his
second win of the season.
The Warriors (11-4) will make their first road trip of the season
this week, traveling to face California Baptist and Azusa Pacific.
Beginning Tuesday, L-C will play five games in five days.
"We're not going to have anybody start twice in the California
trip, because it wouldn't be enough rest," Cheff said. "... We're
going to have five starters for that trip, and then we'll have to be
decent out of the bullpen. That kind of a trip is almost a 10-man
thing, even if you extend guys."