The Central Park Hills Varsity Baseball team did about as good as a team can do last week. In the two games, the pitching allowed zero runs and only two hits, while the bats put up plenty of offense providing 20 runs as the team racked up two more wins.
In the first game of the week, Central faced Farmington on Tuesday, April 19th, and turned in an excellent performance. Scoring 10 runs on nine hits, allowing zero runs and just one hit, while not committing any errors across the minimum five innings is basically as close to a perfect performance as a team can get.
The Rebels spread their offense out rather evenly, scoring three in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth, which ended the game via the 10-run mercy rule. While the bats were hot, the Knights did themselves no favors by committing four errors. The pitching was magnificent too, allowing only one hit and two walks.
Two Rebels had two-hit games. Seeing the ball well, Casen Murphy had a single, and an RBI coming from his solo home run. Brendon Jenkins also had two hits and an RBI, while Michael Vance had two RBIs on one hit. Not only did Murphy do the most damage with the bat, but he also pitched all five innings, struck out eight, and earned a complete-game shutout victory.
Next up, Central traveled to Arcadia Valley and continued their roll. Out of the gate, the Rebels posted two in the first, one in the second, and two more in the fourth, before shutting the door with an explosive five-run fifth inning. Again, the pitching was immaculate, allowing only one hit.
Murphy was at it again, lacing two hits, including a double and two RBIs. However, doing the most damage was Slade Schweiss, who had two hits and contributed five RBIs. Ty Schweiss also had a two-hit game which included a double, plus two swiped bags for good measure.
Working the first four innings, Nate Hamski allowed zero runs or hits, walked four, but did strike out four as well to get the win. Jenkins took the mound in the fifth and nailed it down to finish the shutout victory for his team.
With the two wins, Central has now won seven in a row and is undefeated for the month of April. Sitting at 8-3, five games above .500, the Rebels are honing in on the postseason, but first have to get through a huge six-game week, starting with a trip to St. Vincent on Monday.