Baseball: Hammond tosses complete game shutout as Eaglecrest tops Arapahoe

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Eaglecrest junior left-hander Spencer Hammond delivers a pitch during the Raptors' 4-0 Centennial League baseball win over Arapahoe on April 23, 2015, at Eaglecrest High School. Hammond allowed just two hits and pitched seven shutout innings to help his team improve to 4-9. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Eaglecrest junior left-hander Spencer Hammond delivers a pitch during the Raptors’ 4-0 Centennial League baseball win over Arapahoe on April 23, 2015, at Eaglecrest High School. Hammond allowed just two hits and pitched seven shutout innings to help his team improve to 4-9. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

CENTENNIAL | With a little bit of help from his defense, Eaglecrest pitcher Spencer Hammond threw a gem Thursday.

The junior left-hander benefitted from the errorless play of the team behind him on his way to a complete game shutout in the Raptors’ 4-0 Centennial League baseball victory over Arapahoe.

Eaglecrest senior center fielder Kody Bitterman begins to slide as he comes in to make a catch in the third inning of the Raptors' 4-0 win over Arapahoe on April 23, 2015. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Eaglecrest senior center fielder Kody Bitterman begins to slide as he comes in to make a catch in the third inning of the Raptors’ 4-0 win over Arapahoe on April 23, 2015. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Hammond scattered two hits, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter to even his record at 1-1 on the season, while coach Tory Humphrey’s Raptors avenged a 7-1 loss to Arapahoe on Tuesday and improved to 4-9 overall and 2-7 in league play.

Following a delay due to lightning, the game went through three innings scoreless thanks to a number of outstanding plays on both sides — including Eaglecrest’s Kody Bitterman’s catch in left center field that ended in him crashing against the fence — until the Raptors finally broke through for a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Sophomore Garrett Tisdall knocked in a run during the fourth-inning rally, while senior Tommy Johnson crushed a two-run home run in the fifth to give Eaglecrest all the runs it would need behind Hammond.

Eaglecrest senior Tommy Johnson hit his first home run of the season in the fifth inning to give the Raptors some insurance runs in a 4-0 win. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Eaglecrest senior Tommy Johnson hit his first home run of the season in the fifth inning to give the Raptors some insurance runs in a 4-0 win. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

The Raptors had six different players record a base hit against two Arapahoe pitchers.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

EAGLECREST 4, ARAPAHOE 0

Score by innings (r-h-e):

Arapahoe  000 000 0 — 0  2  1

Eaglecrest 000 220 x — 4  6  0

WP — Eaglecrest: Spencer Hammond (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K); LP — Arapahoe: Cody Peepgrass (3 1/2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB)

Eaglecrest hitting: Tommy Johnson 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, run; Garrett Tisdall 1-3, RBI, run; Nate Bokol 1-3, run; Brandon Hernandez 1-2; Jacob Lorenzini 1-3; Mitchell Stone 1-3