An impressive outing on the mound by Harold Baez helped lead the WESTCO Zephyrs to an 8-0 blanking of the Cheyenne Post 6 Hawks during the second day of the Twin City Roofing Memorial Day Tournament on Saturday evening at Cleveland Field in Scottsbluff.
Baez, who didn’t make it out of the second inning in his last start back on May 11 against Gillette, bounced back nicely to earn his second victory of the season. He allowed just one hit and fanned six in five innings of work. The high velocity of his fastball combined with a nasty breaker proved overpowering for the Hawks.
“He really minimized situations,” WESTCO head coach Jeremiah Luber said of Baez. “He didn’t let one walk or one hit turn into multiple hits. He got right after the next guy and moved on. He did a really good job of that tonight.”
The win was the Zephyrs’ fifth straight and advanced WESTCO (6-2) into the championship game of the tournament against Thompson Valley on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Both teams are 3-0 in the tournament.
“Our guys are excited about the winning streak we’re on right now,” Luber said. “We’re playing good baseball and can’t wait to get out there. Thompson Valley is a real quality opponent. I think it will be two evenly-matched teams. It should be a lot of fun.”
It didn’t take long for the Zephyrs to give Baez some early run support. WESTCO plated single runs in the first two innings to stake Baez to a 2-0 lead.
The Zephyrs supplied more than enough insurance later in the contest by tacking on three runs each in both the fourth and fifth frames to force a run-rule finish.
WESTCO ended the game with nine hits. Baez helped himself at the plate by going 2-for-2 with a run batted in. Creighton Dike and Jace Heimerman both doubled. Also adding to the hit total with singles were Paul Panduro, Tate Carson, Hunter McCollum, Jerrett Richter, and Porter Robbins.
Richter and McCollum were both credited for a pair of runs batted in each. McCollum scored a team-high two runs. Panduro led the Zephyrs with a pair of stolen bases.
“We’re finding a formula to win right now,” Luber said. “We’re throwing strikes on the mound and limiting the walks. Defensively we only had one error tonight, so that was good to see by our guys.”
Cheyenne 000 00 — 0 1 3
Zephyrs (6-2) 110 33 — 8 9 1
WP — Harold Baez (2-1). LP — Bradley Feezer.
2B — Zephyrs (Creighton Dike, Jace Heimerman).