In a pitchers duel April 3 in Mountain Range’s first home game of the season, Mustangs’ starter Tristan Wolf got the better of Lakewood’s Jenner Kehe, 3-1. Recording six innings of scoreless …
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In a pitchers duel April 3 in Mountain Range’s first home game of the season, Mustangs’ starter Tristan Wolf got the better of Lakewood’s Jenner Kehe, 3-1.
Recording six innings of scoreless ball with six strikeouts, Wolf allowed just four hits on 98 pitches. Dominating with a superb downhill fastball, the tall righty had things clicking all afternoon against the overpowered Lakewood lineup.
“He (Wolf) had a great performance, he was doing a great job of mixing his locations well, and that kept people off-balance,” Mountain Range manager D.J. Yeager said postgame. “He’s a competitor, and he’s going to go out there every day and compete.”
Competing on the other side, Kehe, the first four innings, threw pitch-for-pitch with Wolf. Allowing three hits and accounting for six strikeouts, the hard-throwing righty was in a groove also. However, in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Mustangs offense found their rhythm.
Starting the frame with a leadoff single, Jesse Arellano got things rolling. After a steal a pitch later, MR found themselves on the board with a double to right-center field by Demarques Ortega. A third straight knock by Angelo Domenico to right field put runners on first and third, still with no one out. Keeping the train moving, Ryan Trinkaus made it four consecutive hits, pushing the lead to 2-0. Kehe’s day was then over.
“I think we were testing the waters early. We had runners in scoring position in the first two innings, and our guys started gaining their confidence and shortened up a little bit, and we started to put the barrel on it,” Yeager said. “Good things happen when you do that.”
Tallying one final run in the inning off a reliever Elijah Borjas’ wild pitch, the 3-0 cushion felt like climbing Mount Everest for a struggling Tigers offense, especially with Wolf on the bump.
As the pitch count escalated for Wolf, Matt Brocklander came on to pitch the 7th, hoping to earn the save. Despite Lakewood scoring for the first time after two singles (Brayden Roybal and Matt Lucero respectively) and an error, Brocklander came through with a strikeout and help from his defense to end the game.
On a diving catch in right field by Jeremiah Najera to end things, MR snapped their two-game losing streak.
“It’s nice coming back home, nice being back on our field with the way weather was before we left. We have hardly been out here, so our guys have been excited to be able to get some home games. We feel good, and we enjoy playing here, it gives us a lot of confidence,” Yeager said.
Seven players for the Mustangs found the hit column as Braden Courter led the group with two in the 8-hit affair. Mountain Range’s staff held the Lakewood lineup to a .222 batting average as a team.
To end their week, Mountain Range defeated Legend three nights later, 18-11. Holy Family got back to their winning ways two nights later over Dawson School, 14-7.
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