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