CARSON CITY — After the baseball doubleheader between Carson City-Crystal and Montabella, both coaches had something good and something bad to talk about.
That’s because each team won one game of the doubleheader Tuesday. The Mustangs won the first game 7-5, while the Eagles took the second game 16-7.
Montabella’s win was the first win in the Mid-State activities Conference for the Mustangs.
“It was just good to win a conference game,” Montabella coach Matt Hynes said. “Especially with Carson City, not knowing them. It was the first time since my first year that I had to ask for scouting reports because I didn’t know any of their players.”
The Eagles (5-6, 4-1) jumped out to a 5-2 lead after two innings only to be unable to push across another run the rest of the way. They stranded nine runners in the game, including leaving the bases loaded in the fourth.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs (3-5, 1-5) scored two runs in the third on an RBI groundout by Brady Burggren and an RBI single by Nate Jankowsky. They took the lead for good by scoring three runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batsmen in the sixth.
“Coming back was very good,” Hynes said. “Montabella is a bunch of kids who play and find ways to win now.”
CC-Crystal coach Wes Cummings had a different take on the game.
“We were pretty disappointed in our first game,” he said. “We hit the ball, we scored runs, but we didn’t play defense. We had too many plays that we missed. You can’t give a team four or five outs and expect to win.”
Burggren got the win in relief, pitching 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball while striking out two without a walk.
Hunter Clark took the loss for the Eagles, as he allowed 10 hits and two walks.
For Montabella, Jankowsky, Chase Murray and Pete Taylor had two hits each. CC-Crystal got two hits each from Clark, Lucas Ratu and Garner Cusack.
The second game was a walk-fest, as four Mustangs pitchers combined to walk eight batters and hit five with pitches.
“That’s what we get with sore arms and sore bodies,” Hynes said. “We had games on Saturday so a bunch of my pitchers threw there and a couple are fighting some injuries. It was pretty much attrition.”
The Eagles took advantage by scoring four runs in the first and four more in the second to take a 9-1 lead before the Mustangs got two in the third to close the gap.
CC-Crystal got two back in the fifth only to see Montabella score four times in the bottom half on the inning. But the Eagles erased that with five in the sixth for the win on five consecutive walks, three wild pitches and a hit batter.
Cusack went the distance for the win, allowing five hits while striking out seven and walking eight.
Jankowsky was the losing pitcher after he scattered five hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings.
John Donnelly had two hits for the Mustangs, while the Eagles got two hits each from Clark, Cusack and Michael McCrackin.
CC-Crystal plays at home today against Pewamo-Westphalia. Montabella faces Ashley Monday. Both will play doubleheaders.