Baseball: Prince dominates in Montgomery’s 6-0 shutout over Casa Grande

By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Anthony Prince pitched a complete-game shutout as Montgomery shut out Casa Grande 6-0 on Wednesday afternoon in Santa Rosa.

“It felt great,” Prince said. “Especially against a good team like Casa.”

Prince finished with five strikeouts and three walks off five hits over seven innings.

“He controlled the game on the mound,” Vikings coach Dean Haskins said. “He threw strikes and got his secondary pitches over.”

Defense was a strong point, Haskins said, and with the performance at the plate on point, Montgomery excelled on all three facets of the game.

“We took a middle-of-the-field approach,” he said, “and we got on top of the pitches and trusted the guy behind us (on defense).”

The Gauchos pressured Prince in the top of the seventh inning when they loaded the bases.

Prince said the key was to just rely on the defense and let Casa hit the ball.

“I knew they were good hitters, and I just threw the ball down the middle and let them hit it,” Prince said.

“I knew my guys were behind me all game.”

Matt Miller got the Vikings on the board first, when his shot to center field scored Ryan Kobre in the second inning.

In the fourth inning, Sam McBeth added to Montgomery’s total when his double to left field scored Miller and Paedyn Miramontez.

The Vikings sealed the win with three runs in the fifth as Josh Lenney hit a double to center, Henry Stelzner hit a grounder that was bobbled at second base, and Miramontez hit a grounder to second inning.

Montgomery was successful in its approach of keeping constant pressure, but not overdoing it, McBeth said.

McBeth went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Miller, Stelzner and Lenney each finished 2 for 4 with an RBI and one run scored.

Miramontez went 1 for 3 with an RBI, and Mitchell West finished 1 for 4 with a run scored.

Dominic Garihan struck out three and walked one, as he gave up six runs off 14 hits in six innings for Casa Grande.

Justin Toavs struck out one and walked two in his one inning of relief in the seventh for the Gauchos.

Eric Parnow, Tyler Moore, Spencer Torkelson, Taylor Gomez and Austine Garatti all recorded hits for the Gauchos as they dropped to 5-2 in North Bay League play and 12-4 overall.

Montgomery improved its record to 5-2 in league and 10-5 overall. The Vikings host Cardinal Newman today.

Momentum is key in such a big game for the Vikings, McBeth said.

“We have to maintain,” he said. “Play the same game we played today. It’s not a game we want to drop ever.”

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