Feeney pitches Huskies to win
But in the bottom of the sixth inning of Battle Mountain’s game Thursday against Basalt with his team up 4-2, Huskies hurler Jim Feeney was hoping his teammates would put a lid on their offense. He wanted to pitch the entire seven innings instead of getting the win by the 10-run rule.
Feeney got his wish and, in the seventh, he finished a masterful three-hitter as the Huskies won their second game of the season 7-2.
“It’s an accomplishment. I wanted to show coach that I could go the full seven,” Feeney said. “It felt good. I just threw strikes and that’s what you’ve got to do. I just let them hit the ball and I knew if I pitched well, our defense could step it up.”
Feeney’s assortment of fastballs, curves and the occasional change-up kept the Longhorns off balance all day. He struck out three and walked just one. Both of Basalt’s runs were unearned. With two outs in the first inning, Feeney launched a stretch of 5 2/3 hitless innings before Basalt’s Peter Hinch singled in the seventh.
“The biggest thing he’s done this season is throw strikes,” Huskies manager Colin Faherty said. “He’s kept us in every game. He doesn’t walk anybody. We have a chance to get everybody out because he doesn’t put anybody on base.”
Meanwhile, the Huskies got plenty of runners on all afternoon. Julio Hermosillo started things by knocking in Ryan Schnell with an RBI single. He came home on a knock from Chris Romero to tie the game at two.
The Huskies took the lead for good in the third when Eugene Trujillo led off with a single. Garrett Duncan, who had a nice day going 2-for-3 , two runs and a steal, doubled Trujillo home. Schnell capped the rally with and RBI single, the first of three hits on the day for the senior.
Battle Mountain put it out of reach when Romero scored on a triple from Trujillo.
“I was looking for that fastball all the way in,” Trujillo said. “I was trying to crush it because I told Coach I was going to try to put one out today. But I was just driving the ball today. As long as I get on and do whatever it takes to help my team win. That’s all that matters.”
Trujillo had a little bit of everything in the sixth inning. In the top half of the frame, his error allowed Basalt’s Chris Wheeler to get on. But Trujillo atoned by catching a short fly in left and doubling Wheeler off with a bullet of a throw.
Battle Mountain’s scoring was rounded out by and RBi from Junior Martinez and a triple from Schnell.
“It’s great to see Eugene and Duncan coming out of their slump,” Faherty said. “We have a couple of other people hitting the ball. Junior Martinez is hitting the ball hard. He just hit it at a couple of guys and finally got one to drop. Ryan Schnell is starting to hit the ball well. We’re really starting to play well.”
The Huskies, 1-7 league and 2-13 overall, head to Delta Saturday for an 11 a.m. doubleheader.
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