A mixture of dominating pitching and timely hitting, including a lead-off home run from Nate Benner, helped the Galt Warriors varsity baseball team defeat the Ponderosa Bruins 3-0 Monday at Galt Community Park.
Coming off six days rest, Galt pitcher Ryan Mattheus was on the top of his game as he overpowered the Bruins all afternoon.
Mattheus threw a complete game shutout while striking out 10 batters and walking just two.
His timing was good: On hand to see Mattheus were scouts from the Anaheim Angels and Baltimore Orioles.
This was one of his top performances of the year and he should be very proud because we were all impressed today, Galt coach Andy Petersen said.
Ryan looked as sharp as he has all year for us. Thats about as perfect a game that a pitcher can throw.
After walking Ponderosa lead-off man Brett McMillian, Mattheus retired the next 21 of Ponderosas 23 batters.
Mattheus was given some early run support as Benner sent the second pitch of the game 320 feet over the left field fence.
That was a big hit that really relaxed us and gave Mattheus some support, Petersen said.
Benners shot became important as Galt went three innings without moving a base runner passed first base.
Galt retained its 1-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the fifth inning and quickly loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a double from Wade Majewski, who went 3-for-3.
Majewski would score on Mark Jacksons deep sacrifice fly. Galt would squander a golden opportunity as Ryan Hummel popped a curveball into foul territory and into the gusty winds.
Ponderosa third baseman Dan Martel made a tough catch in foul territory to retire Hummel.
With two outs, Galt looked to Benner again to keep the inning alive. After fighting out of an 0-2 count, Benner ripped a full count pitch deep to center field but it wasnt deep enough as Ponderosa center fielder Matt Anderson handled the wind to make the catch.
Tyler Warmerdam, who 2-for-3, led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a double into right field. A two-out wild pitch from Ponderosa pitcher Adam Thompson advanced Warmerdam to third.
Majewski then smacked a fastball into right field to bring in Warmerdam and give the Warriors their 3-0 cushion.
Big hits all afternoon gave us a comfort zone that we needed, Petersen said.
Ponderosas lone hit of the game came in the second inning as Joe Thompson reached base on a slow dribbler down the third base line that Jackson couldnt make a play on. With runners on first and third with two outs, Mattheus calmly struck out Tate Backul on three pitches.
In the fifth inning, Mattheus got himself out of another minor jam with a runner on second.
After falling behind in the count, Mattheus gave Backul something he could hit, but Backuls shot fell two feet short of the fence in right field.
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