Starting pitcher Patrick Moriarty hurled six shutout innings and Menlo-Atherton cracked a season-high 16 hits to defeat Woodside, 12-0, Wednesday afternoon at M-A.
Junior shortstop Casey Eason went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI, senior catcher Jeff Keller raised his season batting average to .551 with a solo homer and two doubles (2 RBI), and junior Myles Brewer had three hits and 2 RBI as the Bears improved their season record to 9-6 and PAL Bay Division mark to a perfect 3-0. Junior second baseman Kyle Zirbes and Moriarty also added two hits apiece as Menlo-Atherton won its third consecutive game.
Moriarty limited Woodside to just five hits, striking out five and walking two to improve his season record to 3-1 (2-0 in league play). Moriarty now owns a string of 13 consecutive scoreless innings, and has permitted just one earned run in his last 19 innings pitched.
Brewer pitched a scoreless seventh inning in relief of Moriarty, striking out one.
Menlo-Atherton took the lead in the second when first baseman Nils Gilbertson walked, moved to second on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Ryan Chilcoat, and scored on Moriarty’s RBI single. Eason singled in another run for a 2-0 M-A lead.
Keller delivered a long homer to left to extend the Bears’ lead to 3-0 in the third inning. M-A blew the game open with five more runs in the fourth inning on five base hits, including RBI singles by Brewer and Gilbertson, and an RBI sacrifice fly by Chace Warren.
M-A returns to action on Friday afternoon with a PAL Bay Division contest at Woodside.