CHAFFEE -- Recording their third shutout of the young season Friday afternoon, the Chaffee Red Devils hammered out 13 hits against Meadow Heights to open up the Chaffee Round Robin Tournament with a 15-0 mercy rule win after five innings of play.
(Brent Shipman, Staff)
"I thought some of our guys lost a little focus, but all-in-all it was a good day."
Putting up runs all five innings, the Red Devils got things going early as Chaffee's first three batters of the game reached before coming around to score.
Up 4-0 after two innings, Chaffee had their biggest frame of the afternoon in the third as the Red Devils nearly batted around the order twice in a seven run inning.
Starting with an Andy Terhune line drive to left field, five straight batters reached first before crossing the plate to start the run with four hits and three Meadow Heights errors fueling the charge that left the Panthers down 11-0 entering the fourth.
Chaffee rounded out the scoring with three runs in the fourth, followed by one last run to make it 15-0 in the top of the fifth.
"Offensively we need to get going so it was nice to see these last two games we've scored double-digits," said Horrell, referring to Thursday's 10-0 mercy rule over Bernie.
"Our pitching and defense has been solid pretty well all year so it's nice to see the offense come around."
Holding the Panthers to only one hit in four innings, Crowe picked up his first win of the season. Crowe held a no hitter through 3 1/3 innings before Meadow Height's Trent Kiefer hit a shot to shallow right field to break it up in the fourth.
"Great performance by him getting ahead and making them put the ball in play," Horrell said of Crowe, who only allowed one walk on the game. "When you have a lead like that the best thing you can do is throw strikes. The worse thing you can do is walk people."
"(The defense) can't help you get them if you walk people, so he did a great job all day."
Making his debut as a varsity pitcher, Layton Tenkhoff closed out the final frame for the Red Devils. He allowed one base hit while striking out two.
"He's start a few games for us in the field, but that was his first time on the mound," said Horrell. "He has the making of being a very special one down the road so it was nice to see him get on the mound and get his feet wet as a pitcher."
On offense, 11 Chaffee batters contributed a hit to the Red Devils' cause with Terhune and Jason Cicardi leading the way with two hits apiece.
Later Friday night, posted another shutout when they defeated the Puxico Indians 19-0.
Chaffee collected 18 hits on the game while committing no errors in the field as Daniel Dooley picked up the win.
The two wins put the Red Devils at 6-1 on the season.
In other round robin action, Puxico defeated St. Vincent 13-10.
Chaffee 317 31 - 15
Meadow Heights 000 00 - 0
WP -- Alex Crow (1-0). LP -- Dustin Doublin. 2B -- (C) Andrew Dooley.