Colonels open big, no-hit Crab­bers

Mangum tosses 5 shutout in­nings for CR

Times-Record - - Sports - By DAVID INS­LEY dins­ley@stardem.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @ SDBaysideS­ports.

AMER­I­CAN CORNER — Con­sid­er­ing how things worked out, one would as­sume Dan Mangum’s happy with wait­ing two ex­tra days to start the sea­son.

His Colonel Richard­son High base­ball team, its first two games of the sea­son on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day post­poned by the ar­rival of Win­ter Storm Toby, didn’t open the sea­son un­til Fri­day at home against Cr­is­field.

Mangum’s ju­nior son Remy didn’t dis­ap­point, look­ing in mid-sea­son form and go­ing five in­nings, us­ing just 52 pitches to strike out six, as Colonel won 10-0 in six in­nings.

“I think Remy’s changeup was work­ing pretty well, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the weather,” Dan Mangum said of his son’s work on the hill. “He lo­cated, he got the outs; I think they hit the one ball to right field, but the rest of the stuff was on the ground, in the in­field. Remy did a good job at keep­ing pitches down.

“Nine of the 18 outs we had were strike­outs,” the Colonel coach added, “so the guys did a good job over­all; Zebby did what Zebby does. He’s con­sis­tent and he throws re­ally hard.”

Se­nior Ja­cob Ze­bron closed things out, pitch­ing a score­less top half of the sixth with a 5-0 lead. Colonel added five more in the bottom of that in­ning to make it a mercy-rule vic­tory.

Colonel blew the Crab­bers (0-1) out last year too by a score of 15-4, Ze­bron pick­ing up the win at Cr­is­field.

The hosts got all the of­fense they needed in the bottom of the se­cond against Crab­ber right-han­der Jor­dan Mar­latt (0-1), in the form of a three-run rally sparked by the in­ning’s first hit­ter, Jackie Ze­bron — Ja­cob’s younger brother, who missed al­most all of last sea­son due to a shoul­der in­jury that re­quired surgery.

The younger Ze­bron’s lead-off sin­gle and steal of se­cond was quickly fol­lowed by a Ty Scott dou­ble to right-center field, which made it 1-0. Scott came home a mo­ment later when Jami­son Covey (3 for 3, walk, two runs, two RBIs, three steals) sin­gled to center field.

A balk moved Covey to se­cond, and a Nathan Roth hit to shal­low left-center put men at the cor­ners with no outs. Mar­latt struck out the next hit­ter, and got Tyler Stan­ley to hit into a force play, which re­tired Roth at se­cond, but Covey scored to make it 3-0 in fa­vor of the home team.

Mean­while, Remy Mangum was fac­ing lit­tle op­po­si­tion from his po­si­tion on the mound. He faced just one bat­ter over the min­i­mum, that com­ing when Chad Baker put down a swing­ing bunt to the left side with one out in the top of the third, and the throw from short to re­tire him sailed wide of first for an er­ror.

Mangum, who put down the first seven bat­ters he faced, re­tired the next eight af­ter the er­ror, his curve and fast­ball ac­count­ing for all six Ks.

“I didn’t throw my change a lot, but when it did, it worked well for me,” Remy Mangum said. “It was a lit­tle eas­ier, ob­vi­ously, pitch­ing with a lead for [three of five in­nings].”

Colonel added sin­gle runs in the fourth and fifth. Colonel made it 4-0 when Covey stole home on a de­layed-steal scheme ini­ti­ated by Stan­ley, who broke for se­cond on the de­signed cor­ners-and-one-out play.

Ja­cob Ze­bron’s lead­off dou­ble in the fifth led to the next run, as he scored three pitches later on a Gar­rett Nepert sin­gle.

Colonel broke it open in the sixth thanks to help from two re­serve play­ers. The first, Mark Cran­field, made it to first to start the game’s fi­nal half-in­ning when he struck out swing­ing at a Collin Brad­shaw curve which turned into a wild pitch.

Cran­field stole se­cond, and Stan­ley fol­lowed with a chop­per to third that was thrown wide at first; both run­ners were safe on the play, putting men at first and third. Pinch-hit­ter Bran­don El­more, re­plac­ing Colonel’s start­ing pitcher in the two-spot of the or­der, sin­gled to right, scor­ing Tyler Stan­ton, who Cran­field had pinch-hit for, but whom Stan­ton had re­placed as a pinch-run­ner by way of the re-en­try rule.

Ja­cob Ze­bron’s triple to right-center field scored Stan­ley and El­more to make it 8-0. Two outs later, Ty Scott made it all the way to se­cond and Ja­cob Ze­bron scored on a bad throw from short.

Covey came up next and sliced a Brad­shaw of­fer­ing up the right-field line. It fell in for a base hit, scor­ing Scott with the 10th, and game-end­ing run.

Cam­bridge-SD 4, Wash­ing­ton 2

AMER­I­CAN CORNER — Cam­bridge-SD (1-1) got six strong in­nings from se­nior righty Tyler Hard­ing (1-0); Kha­lik Beasley pitched a score­less top half of the sev­enth, strik­ing out one, to get his first save as a Vik­ing.

The Vik­ings scored a run in the first, Beasley walk­ing to lead off and com­ing home two bat­ters later on a Hard­ing sin­gle; they added three more, two un­earned, in the bottom of the se­cond for a four-run lead.

Wash­ing­ton (0-1) scored once in the top half of the third and an­other run in the fourth. Two in­field er­rors in the top of the fifth put the pos­si­ble ty­ing runs on base with one out be­fore Hard­ing got out of the jam with a pair of in­field chop­pers to end the threat.

Beasley was 2 for 3, scor­ing twice in the win.

PHOTO BY DAVID INS­LEY

Colonel Richard­son ju­nior right-han­der Rem­ing­ton Mangum went five in­nings Fri­day, strik­ing out six in a 10-0, six-in­ning, mercy-rule, no-hit vic­tory over Cr­is­field.

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