MONTPELIER — On the heels of a 12-2 victory at Stryker on Monday, the Montpelier ACME baseball team turned around and beat Stryker again on Tuesday, this time in the form of a 6-1 win at Butch Stantz Field in Montpelier.
“We’re all hitting the ball and putting the ball in play, which is really nice,” Montpelier coach Tim Sanders said. “Defense looks good, pitching looks good. I couldn’t be happier.”
Montpelier (2-2) took the early lead during Tuesday’s contest in the bottom of the first inning when a Connor Yahraus double scored Brayden Custer to put the Locomotives up 1-0.
The Locos added three more runs during the bottom of the third inning. A double from Custer scored Tylor Yahraus and a single from Jace Norrick scored Custer. Norrick later scored on a Gavin Wurm groundout to put Montpelier up 4-0.
Stryker (0-4) countered with a run during the top of the fourth when a Max Wonders double scored Noah Huffman, but it was all the offense the Panthers could muster.
Montpelier tacked on two more runs during the bottom of the fifth when a single from Connor Yahraus scored Norrick and Yahraus later scored on a David Bowman single, which allowed the Locos to pull away to their 6-1 victory.
Norrick earned the win on the mound for Montpelier. He started and threw four innings, surrendered one run, three hits, walked two and had nine strikeouts. Tylor Yahraus pitched three innings of relief and allowed zero runs, zero hits and struck out three.
“I’m glad to see the pitching is coming around this early already,” Sanders said. “Losing as much as we did, bringing the kids in and giving them work, it’s nice to see they’ve picked it up.”
Gavin Campbell got the start for Stryker and took the loss. He allowed five hits, four runs and walked two batters.
It’s been a rough start to the ACME season for the Panthers, but coach Kent Holsopple said it’s going to take some time for some of the younger players to come along. Stryker recently lost nine seniors off its 2019 team.
“Right now they’re doing real well,” Holsopple said. “They’re seizing the opportunity and they’re trying new positions ... and getting that varsity experience. They’ve adapted really well ... even though the scores haven’t reflected that, but I know the effort they’re giving.”