Baseball: Drovers Pitching Dominates In Weekend Games

The (#11) USAO Drovers had the LSU Alexandria generals and the Doane Tigers in town for a weekend of baseball. In game one the Drovers battled the Generals and in game two they would clash with the Tigers.

Game 1: Drovers Hold Off Generals

The 11th ranked Drovers beat the Generals 4-2 in a competitive showdown. The Drovers improved to 15-1 after the win.

The Drovers pitching continues to dominate as they sent Jean Muntaner to the mound. He would throw 5 innings allowing 3 hits, 2 runs and strikeouting out 3 on the afternoon. With the win, Muntaner moved to 4-0 with 1.29 E.R.A. on the season. Rudy Gonzalez came into close the game and he also shined for the Drovers, throwing 2 scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit on the afternoon. Gonzalez has a very impressive 0.83 ERA in his Senior season for USAO.

The offense for the Drovers collected 7 hits, as they were led Daniel Lafarga, 1-2 with a single and 2 RBI’s on the afternoon. P.J. Garcia, 1-4 with a single. Alex Sanchez, 1-4 with a single. Luis Pelayo, 1-2 with a single. Ian Laureano,1-3 with a single. Brock Henderson, 1-3 with a single. Elvin Alamo,1-3 with a single and an 1 RBI.

Game 2: USAO’s Merrill Shines In Win Over Tigers

The USAO Drovers topped the Doane Tigers 12-1 to improve to 16-1 on the season. With the win the Drovers have won 8 straight.

The Drovers offense put together a nice 10 hit game, as they would be led by P.J. Garcia, who went 3-4 on the night with 3 singles. Garcia’s strong play has carried over from last season as he is hitting .467 with 14 RBI’s early in the Drovers season. Miguel Lorenzo went 2-4 with a single and double. Ian Laureano went 2-3 with a single and a double. Daniel Lafarga went 1-4 with a single. Coleton Horner went 1-3 with a single. Brock Henderson went 1-1 with a single.

The Drovers got a strong start out of Matt Merrill, as he would fire 6 innings and allow 1 run on 1 hit. Merrill would also sit down 11 via the strikeout. He is now 4-0 on the season after this win, and has a 1.07 ERA for the Drovers. The Drovers called on Edgar Cuevas to close out the game and he did just that as he threw 1 inning, allowing 0 runs on 0 hits and would finish his night with 2 strikeouts.

USAO’s Pitcher Matt Merrill said “We’re on a hot streak leading into conference and we plan to stay hot”

Drovers Pitcher Jean Muntaner said “I was really focusing on minimizing errors and keeping my team in the game. As a team we are working good together and plan to get better.”

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