Monument Pounds Palmer
The Spartans hammer Palmer to improve to 6-5
May 18, 2016
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Last Saturday, the Monument Mountain Spartans baseball team improved to 6-5 with a twelve run outburst over their western Massachusetts rival. The final score of the game was 12-2 with Branden Perry picking up the win for the Spartans. Six out of the nine batters Monument had starting in the lineup each tallied two hits during the battering of Palmer. Zach Tinker had two hits and four RBI’s for the Spartans.
Perry’s pitching performance was a building block for the Spartans. Through the first five innings, he surrendered only five hits, walking four, and striking out two. Palmer scored two runs, yet only one of those runs was pinned to Perry’s outing. Nate Cormier came into the game in the 6th inning to try and stop Palmer’s chances of a comeback. Cormier stepped onto the mound with runners on first and second and no outs. He retired the first batter with a ground ball to shortstop. Cormier then walked the next batter loading the bases. After striking out the following batter, the leadoff hitter came to the plate. Cormier got him to roll over a low fastball and ground one to second baseman Mike Goretti. The Spartans escaped the bottom of the sixth inning unscathed.
In the top of the seventh, Palmer recorded two quick outs on Perry and Dominic DeFelice. Monument, determined to extend their four run lead, would not falter. With two outs, the Spartans managed to rally and put up six more runs before the inning was over. At the middle of the seventh, the Spartans were winning 12-2.
The Spartans came into the bottom of the seventh with all the momentum on their side. Cormier fired nothing but strikes and sent down the Palmer lineup 1-2-3. A strikeout, a groundout, and a flyout ended the game for the Spartans who at that point had won three straight. Winning this game sent the Spartans record to over .500 for the first time all year. Monument is looking to keep the momentum rolling as the try to qualify for the upcoming Western Mass Tournament.