NEW ENTERPRISE — Without throwing a pitch in Tuesday’s game at Northern Bedford, Everett’s Trenten Mellott helped his case on the mound.
In the top of the first inning, the freshman pitcher doubled to score Macen Akers and put the Warriors ahead.
Despite throwing a two-hitter, Mellott earned his first varsity win in a 5-0 victory.
“Trenten did a terrific job today,” said Everett coach Jordan Mills. “In his first varsity start he picked up the win. He kept Northern Bedford off-balanced today.”
Akers walked to begin the game and went to third on an error. He scored out a double by Mellott to put the Warriors ahead, 1-0.
Later in the fifth inning, Akers reached on an error and stole second. Mellott reached on an error that scored Akers to put the Warriors ahead, 2-0.
The Warriors added three additional insurance runs in the seventh inning.
Mellott walked to begin the inning and Luke Decker ran for the pitcher. Decker advanced to second on a single by Jared Colledge. A passed ball moved the runners up a base into scoring position.
Following a pair of strikeouts, Elijah Treece knocked a single into shallow right field to score Decker.
Colledge scored on a delayed steal and a single by Trenton Clites put the Warriors ahead, 5-0, before strikeout ended the inning.
Despite scoring in three of the seven innings, the Warriors struggled to find timely hits with runners on base, stranding nine runners overall.
“We didn’t find the timely hits,” Mills added. “Towards the end of the game we started taking better approaches at the plate.”
Although Mellott gave up just two hits, he allowed seven base runners through seven innings.
He gave up a leadoff double to Northern Bedford’s Andrew Lazor. Following a strikeout, Thad Kraucz walked before Logan College grounded a hit to Akers at short. The Warrior infielder bobbled the ball but managed to record the double play to end the inning.
Mellott walked a pair in the bottom of the second with two outs but he got a strikeout to get out of the jam.
In the bottom of the third, Lazor recorded the only other hit for the Black Panthers, another double.
He was tagged out on a 1-2-5 fielder’s choice and the Warriors held the Black Panthers runner at third as the inning ended.
Lazor was hit by the pitch in the fifth, but a pop-up ended the inning. The final two frames, Mellott retired the Black Panthers in order.
“We didn’t hit the ball,” said Northern Bedford coach Dave McIllnay. “(Mellott) kept us off-balance.
“We had guys in scoring position, we couldn’t get them across the plate.”
“Trenten got out of jams well,” Mills noted on his pitcher. “We played defense really great behind him. We executed really well today.”
Mellott finished the game with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Northern Bedford’s Luke Wiedemann started the game and threw five innings. He walked two and struck out three. College came into the game in the sixth. He struck out four and walked three.
Both teams face Fannett-Metal on the road. The Warriors visit the Tigers on Wednesday, while the Black Panthers face them on Thursday.
EVERETT 5, NORTHERN BEDFORD 0
Everett 100 010 3 — 5 8 0
Northern Bedford 000 000 0 — 0 2 3