SHEFFIELD — When it came to gut-check time, Monument Mountain’s Tyler Wade was able to step to the challenge as Wade was able to pitch the Monument Mountain Spartans to a complete game 3-2 victory over the Mount Everett Eagles Thursday afternoon. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and the tying run just 90 feet away, the senior pitcher was able to strikeout Mount Everett’s Jimi Gulotta to end the inning. It wasn’t just Gulotta who Wade struck out though in the frame.
Earlier in the inning, the Eagles had runners on first and second and nobody out with their big hitters, Cavan Brady and Nick VandeBogart due up. Wade struck them out both.
“I just knew that I needed to pitch my game and I knew that I had my team behind me and that they would take care of me, so I figured if I just threw strikes, got outs, that I would get out of it just fine,” said Wade.
After a successful double steal by Mount Everett to put the tying run in scoring position, the Spartans decided to intentionally walk Patrick Silk, who drove in the Eagles first run of the day on a two out single in the fourth inning, to get to the eighth grader Kolby Bleau, who was called up from JV after Mount Everett starting pitcher Anthony Lupiani had to exit the game in the third inning due to an arm injury.
Bleau was able to come through with an infield hit to cut the Eagles deficit to 3-2.
“It was a tough situation for us… but we lucked out in that they couldn’t field the ball that he hit seven feet and so we got another shot at it,” said Eagles head coach Jesse Carpenter.
Gulotta however, was unable to bring home the tying run as Wade was able to strike him out to strand the bases loaded.
Wade ended up striking out eight Eagles and allowed just five hits and one walk – the intentional pass to Silk, to go along with the two earned runs.
Wade would not have had a lead to protect though if it were not for a three run second inning that was keyed by a two run triple by Mike Goretti.
“I was looking for something inside originally, but then he threw me a couple of pitches outside and I just decided to take it to right field,” said Goretti on his big two run triple.
Goretti would come in to score the Spartans third run of the game on a perfectly executed squeeze play by Kade Grober to extend Monument’s 3-0 lead. It looked like the Spartans could have scored more runs in the frame, but they would leave the bases loaded as Lupiani was able to strike out Graham Herrick on a high fastball to end the inning.
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