Pitchers Joey Hauck & Elijah Goodwin Combine to No-Hit the Rough Riders
By Lynn Guerin
Rancho Christian Eagles all-league female football and soccer kicker Emma Baker was in the crowd Tuesday afternoon to watch her baseball classmates. By the look of the score, Rancho 21-California Military Institute 0, you might think Emma came off the bench to kick 3 extra points.
The final score was more football like than baseball, but it was Emma’s baseball classmates that did all the kicking, and hitting and pitching and running in this South Valley lopsided contest.
Rancho Christian’s offense has averaged 12.5 runs per game in its last 13 straight victories, Rancho didn’t waste any time keeping that average moving up as they scored 13 runs in the first 2 innings to put the game quickly out of reach for CMI.
Ten runs came across in the first inning as Rancho sent 15 men to the plate. Six hits, 4 walks, 7 stolen bases and a hit batter lit up the scoreboard with double digits. The merry –go round kept turning as Rancho scored 3 more runs in the second inning on five hits and five runs in the 3rd inning on 3 hits. The score after 3 innings was Rancho 18 –CMI 0.
The bottom of the fourth for Rancho produced three runs on four hits and moved the final score in place 21-0. Rancho had 6 players with multiple hits. Trevor Jones led the 18 hit assault with 3 base hits. Taylor Tosches, Carter Treadway, Danny Meraz, Micah Gaukler, and Joel Pruitt each had 2 hits. 7 different Rancho hitters contributed 2 RBI’S and scored 2 runs.
Joey Hauck, senior left hander got his second start of the season. He was virtually unhittable, with an assortment of darting fastballs and sharp breaking curves. In fact in the 3 innings he pitched, he faced the minimum 9 batters and struck out 7. His one imperfection was a lone walk.
Sophomore Elijah Goodwin pitching his first innings of the season appeared to be right at home on the mound. He also faced the minimum number of hitters-6 up -6 down, 2 strikeouts no walks. Hauck and Goodwin combined to pitch a five inning no hitter.-Quite a performance by the talented duo that will be needed for pitching depth in the CIF playoff run not far off.
The Rancho Christian Eagles now sport an 18 win and 3 loss record, 13 straight wins overall-9 straight on their home field, and 7 straight in South Valley league play. Rancho will try to keep improving as they meet Calvary Murrieta Thursday at 4:30 pm in the annual trip to Storm Stadium, always a thrill for high school teams to get a little taste of bigger dreams.
Photos by Rob & Michelle Hauck