Seth Watson beats Haxtun’s catcher in a race to home plate. After pinch hitter Caleb Deaver got on first with a single, Watson advanced to third on Jesus Trejo’s double. Finally, Brendan Mayden hit a sacrifice fly to bring Watson home in a run that was truly a team effort. It was one of two runs scored by the Holyoke Dragons in the district tournament game against Haxtun. —Johnson Publications
Mayden pitches shutout; HHS knocked out of districts in extra innings
Seeded No. 2 going into the district tournament last weekend in Yuma, Holyoke baseball played No. 7 Merino Friday, May 12. HHS senior Brendan Mayden threw a shutout in four and a half innings, and the 13-0 victory sent the Dragons to the semifinals of the tournament.
Saturday, May 13, Holyoke played Haxtun in a tight game that went 11 innings before the Dragons were eliminated. The final score was 5-2.
Other games in the first round of the district tournament saw Wray defeated by Sedgwick County 13-4, Akron defeated by Yuma 8-5 and Wiggins defeated by Haxtun 9-0.
In the semifinals, Sedgwick County beat Yuma 5-1. Then Sedgwick County defeated Haxtun in the championship game Saturday afternoon 7-5, earning a place in the regional competition this weekend.
Holyoke 13, Merino 0
Brendan Mayden began Friday’s game against Merino on the mound for the Dragons. In the first inning, he faced five batters. First baseman Caleb Deaver and second baseman Tristan Sullivan made quick work of the three outs, handling grounders and a pop-up with ease. Merino managed their only hit of the game, but neither team scored in the first inning.
Again in the second inning, Dragons held Merino scoreless. Mayden struck out two of the three batters he faced, and third baseman Jesus Trejo fielded a grounder for an out at first.
Brenden Kage led off the Dragons in the bottom of the second, and the team made it all the way through the lineup. Kage hit a single and went on to steal second. Deaver got on first when Merino’s catcher dropped the third strike. Both went on to score on a double hit by Seth Watson, who earned two RBIs.
Blake Mosenteen hit a single and stole second. Gunnar Kroeger went on to hit a double, earning two RBIs. Mayden followed that with another double and an RBI, bringing the score to 5-0 after two innings.
In the top of the third, Mayden faced four more batters and struck out one. Watson caught a fly ball in right field for the second out, and quick reflexes behind the plate gave Kroeger the third out, as a runner was caught stealing.
Despite singles hit by Kage and Mosenteen in the bottom of the third, Merino kept the Dragons from scoring, and the score remained 5-0 after three innings.
Again in the fourth inning, Mayden faced only three batters. He struck out one, with Mosenteen and Sullivan fielding grounders for the other two outs.
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