Cleveland pitcher Jaden Davis, left, signals “out,” while catcher Owen Bishop and Cibola’s Evan Cordray look to the plate umpire for the call in third-inning action Friday at the Shockyards. Cordray, who tried to sneak home when a pitch got away from Bishop, was out and Cibola never got a runner closer to the plate than second base. (Courtesy of Varsity Sportraits)
The Cleveland High School baseball team extended its modest winning streak to four Friday evening, spotting visiting Cibola a pair of first inning runs before shutting the door.
Cleveland 12, Cibola 2: The Cougars (9-8, 0-2 in 1-5A) had a bunch of twos in the first inning – two runs on two hits, two Storm errors and two left on base – and that was it for them Friday evening in the Storm’s District 1-5A opener.
After scoring once in their half of the first, the Storm sent 10 batters to the plate in the second, scoring five times, taking a 6-2 lead.
Brandon Hennessy and Austin Barela each had two-run singles in that frame.
The Storm made it an 11-2 game in the third, again sending 10 batters up, including a triple by Barela and an RBI double by Anthony Del Angel.
The 10-run mercy rule shortened the game in the fifth, as Barela drew a walk, headed to second when Silas Hilton was plunked by a pitch, moved to third on a passed ball and plated on a single to center by Logan Kinter.
Hennessy, whose first-inning miscue in right led to the Cougars’ final run, led the offense, going 3 for 3; Barela, Hilton, Kinter and Jaren Villa added two hits each. The Storm got their leadoff man on base five times.
Jaden Davis went the first four innings on the mound for the Storm (14-3, 1-0), giving up only one hit after the first inning, striking out six, walking five and hitting two. Joseph Stevenson worked the scoreless fifth for the Storm.
“It was a great start in district,” Cleveland coach Shane Shallenberger said. “We’re still trying to clean up some mistakes.”
Among those mistakes were two runners getting doubled off base.
Cleveland 5, Farmington 1: Del Angel and Kinter combined on a no-hitter against the visiting Scorpions on March 28 – the second no-hitter recorded by CHS this season.
Del Angel earned the win; Kinter picked up a save.
Hilton had 75 percent of a cycle, with a single, double and a triple, driving in three runs.
Extra innings: The Storm were scheduled to play at Volcano Vista today (April 4), then are at Rio Rancho Thursday at 4 p.m. Next week, Atrisco Heritage Academy visits the Shockyards Tuesday at 6, and the Storm play at La Cueva Thursday afternoon at 4.