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Baseball: Brown shuts down Carson in Galena's win

 

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Three of the four home teams held serve in the first-round of the playoffs.

Spanish Springs, Galena, Reno and McQueen all remained in the winners’ bracket of the Northern 4A baseball Regional tournament.

Reno’s ace Christian Chamberlain struck out 14 to help the Huskies down Wooster, 3-0. Drake Vestbie got the save.

Nick Brown gave up six hits and struck out five as Galena beat Carson, 4-1. Andrew West had a home run for the Grizzlies and Mateo Lemus, Tommy Lichty and Cole Demosthenes each had two hits.

Winning the first game is huge in the double-elimination tournament.

“It puts us in the drivers seat, where want to be,” Galena coach Beau Walker said. “We want to get our No. 1 guy (pitcher) a win.”

Walker changed the Grizzlies lineup a few weeks ago, after getting swept by Reed. He said the Grizzlies were having trouble scoring runs, so he moved Lemus to lead-off, and Lichty to second, with Niko Pezonella batting behind him.

Galena swept Spanish Springs in the regular season, right after spring break.

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Galena's Andrew West gets five from his coach after hitting a home run against Carson in Tuesday's game. (Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)

 

“They didn’t play any games over spring break, so I think we got them at a good time,” Walker said. “They’re a lot different team now. That team is good.”

Brown agreed that winning the first-round game is big.

“It gives us a lot of momentum going in against Spanish Springs,” Brown said.

Carson coach Bryan Manoukian said the game was closer than the score indicated.

Galena scored its third run after a passed ball in the fourth inning with the bases loaded.

He said the Senators were lacking the necessary timely hits.

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Galena's Andrew West hit a home run against Carson in Tuesday's game. (Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)

 

“We hit some balls hard and they caught them. They have some fast outfielders,” Manoukian said. “We didn’t get the next hit. We did a good job establishing ourselves and getting on base and putting the pressure on them. But we didn’t get the next hit.”

Bryce Moyle had six strikeouts for Carson.

Casey Miller allowed one hit in five innings and struck out eight as Spanish Springs shut out Damonte Ranch, 9-0. Josh Prizina had three hits and Dawson Martin drove in two runs for the Cougars. Connor Culp had two hits.

No. 5 seed McQueen went on the road to down No. 4 Bishop Manogue, the second time the Lancers won at Manogue this season.

In winners’ bracket games on Wednesday, all at 4 p.m. No. 3 seed Galena will play at No. 2 Spanish Springs; and McQueen is at top-seed Reno.

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Galena's Tommy Lichty slides into second base as Carson's Jace Keema catches the ball in Tuesday's game Lichty was called safe in the play. (Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)

 

In the losers’ bracket, win-or-go-home games, at at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Wooster is at Manogue and Damonte is at Carson.

On Thursday, at Bishop Manogue, games are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Regional moves to Carson on Friday, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The championship is Saturday at Bishop Manogue, at noon.

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Galena outfielders Mateo Lemus, left, Austin Crofoot and Charles Douglas celebrate a win against Carson on Tuesday. (Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)

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Galena third baseman Brandon Scheid waits for the ball as Carson's Abel Carter dives into third base in Tuesday's game. (Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)