Huskies baseball shocks Summit on Senior Day
EDWARDS — It’s been maddening. It’s come in stops and starts, but Battle Mountain baseball may just have turned a corner on Wednesday.
Not only was it Senior Day, but the Huskies came out and topped Summit County with a six-run sixth for a 6-4 win over the Tigers in Edwards.
Boys and girls, that’s a win over a team that was 9-3 (now 9-4) and in second place in the 4A Slope.
“It’s huge. It’s something we’ve been working on for a long time,” Huskies skipper Jose Meza said. “We’re playing against baseball, not the other team. We need to field and hit and throw. It doesn’t matter who we’re facing.”
And it has become the signature of Battle Mountain baseball. The Huskies won with a comeback in a continued attempt to kill their manager. (Meza has probably aged about five years in one season, but he’s good with it.)
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Wyatt Harwood and Rey Trillo singled with Jake Singleton walking to juice the bags. Hunter Meier laced a drive down the right-field line that kicked up the chalk. His double halved the Tigers’ lead to 4-2.
Sean Weller rapped out a base hit, bringing home Singleton.
Danny Caballero hit the ball hard. Technically, it was an error, but it scored the tying run and kept the line moving. Andrew Herrera had what would be the game-winning hit to right field and Franklin Reilly smacked an RBI single, for good measure.
Weller went the distance and secured the win in the top of the seventh.
“I hate going back to it, but the kids fight until the final out,” Meza said. “It felt good. A lot of kids stepped up and hit line drives. A lot of kids stepped up in the right moment.”
And Battle Mountain moved to 5-11 overall and 3-8 in the Slope. The Huskies only won four games last spring and were 0-for-the-Slope in 2014.
And though the season is not over, this made for a great Senior Day for the team’s five soon-to-be-graduates — Gage Tarr, Caballero, Herrera, Will Thrasher and Trillo.
Battle Mountain is at Summit County on Tuesday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.