Millbrook surrendered 17 strikeouts to Sanderson pitcher Daniel Dulaneyas the Spartans handed Millbrook its first conference loss of the year with a 3-0 win Thursday night.
“(He was) throwing 90. (He was) throwing strikes. (He was) throwing off speed (pitches) for strikes,” Millbrook coach Austin James said. “That’s pretty much the recipe for success. We didn’t challenge him as well as we should have, but he was pretty unhittable tonight.”
With 64 percent of his 119 pitches coming in as strikes, Dulaney gave up only two walks and four hits.
“We have had quite a few standout performances throughout the season,” Sanderson coach Todd Laughlin said. “I am looking forward to watching these pitchers compete.”
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In the other dugout, Wildcats pitcher Alex Royalty, who is in The News & Observer’s Top 30 standings for strikeouts and overall pitching amongst area teams, recorded a line of six innings pitched, three runs, two walks and 11 strikeouts.
All three runs for the Spartans came in the first inning with Vance Lassiter turning in one RBI and Matt Koehler coming up with a triple for two RBIs.
“Being undefeated in conference play is nice, don't get me wrong . . . but our coaches and players all understand that this is a means to an end,” James said. “We are trying to continue to improve and want to be playing our best baseball when the playoffs come around. Nothing is guaranteed, and there is a long way to go with five tough regular season games left.”
The teams face off again in the regular season finale May 8 at Millbrook.