Prep Diamond Round-up: Chiefs' Brown sets whiff record in win over Wellington

Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Junior Zach Brown set a state record by striking out 23 Wellington-Napoleon batters during the Chiefs' 10-5 season-opening victory.

WELLINGTON -- Junior right-hander Zach Brown broke a state record for strikeouts and went five for five at the plate during Santa Fe's 10-5, nine-inning victory at Wellington-Napoleon to open the season Tuesday.

Brown fanned 23 Tigers, eclipsing the mark of 21 strikeouts for an extra-inning contest set by Diamond's Brett Moser against Purdy in 2000 -- also a nine-inning affair. Meanwhile, the Chiefs banged out 19 hits, but left 11 runners on base until scoring seven runs in the top of the ninth to nail down the win.

Although Brown allowed just four hits, he walked seven batters and was hurt by 10 Santa Fe errors -- producing four unearned runs, one coming in the bottom of the third inning after junior Chet Smith singled and stole second. That tied the score, the Chiefs having gone on top in the second on junior Billy Owen's RBI double.

Santa Fe junior Adam Eastin singled, swiped second and came in on junior Cody Smith's single in the fifth. Another Owen single made it 3-1 in the sixth before a walk and two errors allowed Wellington to even matters during its half of the frame.

Junior Chet Smith held Santa Fe off the board for two innings, but then was hammered for seven hits in the ninth. Senior Aaron Plattner had a pair of run-scoring singles and senior Jared Moenkhoff, Owen and Brown also knocked in runs with base hits during the rally.

Senior Matt Osborn doubled in a run and scored in the bottom of the ninth, but the Tigers (0-1) were unable to bunch up enough hits to make up the deficit.

Owen was four for four and Plattner had three hits for the Chiefs (1-0), set to host Crest Ridge Thursday.

Baseball

Westran 13, Slater 3

HUNTSVILLE -- The Slater baseball team was able to get its season going after a week's delay by moving Tuesday's clash with Lewis and Clark Conference rival Westran to Huntsville.

The Wildcats' bats, though, were mostly quiet during a 13-3, five-inning loss.

Juniors Ryan Grout and Jordan Summers each had three hits for the Hornets, which equaled the number of safeties given to the Purple by senior southpaw Richard Messer.

Summers drove in two runs with a single in the bottom of the first inning to make it 3-0, but Slater came back with a pair in the second on two walks and sophomore Colter Doherty's two-run, two-out double. However, Westran kept up the offensive pressure, a Grout double and Summers' RBI single helping to extend the margin to 6-2.

The Hornets (1-2, 1-0 L&C) broke the game open with seven runs on five hits -- including junior Jordan Dean's bases-loaded triple -- in the third. Freshman Dewayne Lewis doubled and scored on an error in the top of the fifth, but the 'Cats left the runner on base which they needed to bring in to keep the game going.

Although Slater's defense committed one error, its pitchers walked nine batters and hit two others -- seven of those runners eventually scoring.

The Wildcats (0-1, 0-1) will be at home Tuesday for a tilt with St. Paul.

Softball

Santa Fe 17, Wellington 0

WELLINGTON -- After a couple of weather-induced postponements, the Santa Fe softball team finally got its season going Tuesday -- and in high gear, to boot, with a 17-0 rout of host Wellington-Napoleon.

Freshman Sarah Christopherson fired a one-hitter and struck out six over four innings of work for the Lady Chiefs. Freshman Michelle Aversman knocked in two runs with a triple and scored on Christopherson's single in the top of the first inning, Santa Fe getting five unearned runs on Aversman's RBI single and four errors by the Lady Tigers (0-1) in the second.

Senior Sara Steffens began rallies during the final two frames, with a triple in the third and double in the fourth. Aversman brought in a run with a double for an 11-0 lead after three innings and freshman Ashton Smith got her second RBI with a single during the Lady Chiefs' six-run fourth.

Senior Kinsey Crutchfield and freshman Paula Tieman each scored three runs from the top of the order for Santa Fe (1-0), which takes on Crest Ridge in its home opener Thursday.

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