Montabella baseball team splits at Fulton Invitational

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:23 am on Monday, April 23, 2012

Montabella’s Drew Nemeth fouls off a pitch during the first game of the Fulton Invitational Saturday.

MIDDLETON — Montabella’s baseball team had two games that were completely different, and not just because of the outcome.

The Mustangs lost the first game of two at the Fulton Invitational Saturday to the host Pirates 12-2, but then knocked off Vestaburg 7-2 in the second game.

Fulton jumped on Montabella (3-7-2) early in the opener, getting to losing pitcher Brady Burggren for seven runs on eight hits.

“They’re a good hitting team,” Montabella coach Matt Hynes said of the Pirates. “We played good defense and we pitched good. I asked my guys to throw strikes and we did.”

But Fulton put the bats on the ball — and hard.

“Fulton put the bat on the ball,” Hynes said.

Hynes wasn’t too upset with his pitchers in the game.

“They (Montabella pitchers) did exactly what we asked,” he said. “If they throw strikes we have a chance to win games. We just ran into a good team on a good day.”

Burggren, Nate Bandfield and Travis Sabin had two hits each in the game.

Fulton’s Corey Hungerford, left, tags Montabella’s Travis Dunn on a pickoff attempt during the first game of the Fulton Invitational Saturday. Dunn was safe.

“I think the only thing we needed to work on from the first game was getting timely hits,” Hynes said. “If we get timely hits the game’s a little closer than the outcome.”

The game against the Wolverines was much better in Hynes’ estimation.

“Our guys ran our offense to a ‘T’,” he said. “We only had four hits that game but Nate Jankowsky had two RBIs but didn’t collect a hit. Then Travis Dunn ran a perfect double suicide squeeze and we scored two runs. All three guys ran the play perfectly.”

Montabella helped themselves out with 15 stolen bases in the game, led by Pete Taylor with five.

Drew Nemeth threw a complete-game four-hitter, striking out nine and walking five.

“He (Nemeth) hasn’t thrown a lot this year but he stepped up in the game,” Hynes said. “He threw strikes and we played some solid defense behind him. The way he pitched against Vestaburg he might step into the No. 2 spot for the season.”

Of the four Mustang hits, two came from Travis Dunn. Chase Murray and Evan Schein had the others.

That win was revenge for a split of the Mid-State Activities Conference games the Mustangs and Wolverines played last week.

Montabella won the first game of that doubleheader 12-0 but lost the second game 5-1.

“We just stole some bases and manufactured some runs,” Hynes said.

The Mustangs will get back into MSAC action today when they go to Coleman to face the Comets.

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