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Slugfest in La Veta

by David Tesitor
LA VETA- The La Veta Redskins baseball team extended their winning streak to six and remained atop the Southern Peaks League after they completed the sweep in a doubleheader against the Center Vikings last Saturday. The game saw more runs than any game in recent memory.
The Redskins beat Center 13-3 after the ten-run rule was imposed in the first game of a doubleheader. The second game saw a little more offense, slightly!
The Skins held onto a 16-2 first inning score, stopping the Viking comeback attempt, and ended the game, 25-21, after three hours of play. Center managed to score big in the second through fifth innings to make it an exciting game.
With so much offense being put up, there had to be no defense. Players in the outfield could not judge the wind as outfield balls flew over their heads. Infield balls were dropped and throws missed their mark. In all, the game recorded over fifteen errors.
It was also a pitching nightmare. Redskin Clancey Kreutzer threw one hundred and forty-three pitches through four innings before he was pulled. Kreutzer gave up seventeen hits and sixteen runs, striking out four along the way. He also walked five. Evan Arnold came in for relief and threw an additional sixty pitches in two innings, giving up five runs off three hits. Jon Brunelli closed out the game in the seventh inning. On the other side of the plate, the Center Vikings threw well over two hundred pitches, rotating four pitchers.
For La Veta, Brunelli went four for five with two runs batted in. Adam Kimbrel went three for five and three RBI’s and Brandon Morgan went three for four and three RBI’s. The only Redskin homerun came at the bat of Clancey Kreutzer, a solo shot over the right-center field fence.
In the first game of the morning, Brunelli pitched five innings, throwing eight strike-outs and walking three. Brunelli had a perfect game going into the fifth, holding on to a shutout until the Vikings mounted their only offense of the game. He only allowed one hit, but the runs came off fielding errors. Zac Brunelli hit a homerun and also had five RBI’s on the day. The bulk of the Redskin scoring came off Center errors and runs on walks.