Monson shuts down Tigers to help Cyclones advance

Senior Alex Monson got the ball for the HCHS varsity baseball team Friday night to begin its playoff run against the Carroll Tigers and was dominant, pitching a complete game shutout, allowing just two hits and striking out eight batters.

Despite beating the Tigers 16-2 on June 28, this time the Cyclones won 2-0.

“Alex Monson was absolutely fantastic,” said HCHS Head Baseball Coach Heath Stein. “He dominated the game from start to finish.”

The Cyclones bats went quiet as they only mustered up three hits, but it was enough to give them the victory to help them advance. Senior Luke Musich got a hit along with sophomores Cade Sears and Quinn Koesters.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Tigers were threatening to score with runners on base, but Musich made a running catch in left field to stop the threat.

“He did a great job on that ball and he opened up,” he said. “He did a good job. That saved at least a double and potentially a run, so that was a big time play by Luke.”

The Cyclones will play the Glenwood Rams next Monday at 7 p.m. in the 3A-8 Second Round. Sophomore Braydon Ernst will get the ball as the Cyclones look to advance to the next round of the playoffs. Stein emphasized what he would like to see as that matchup approaches.

“Hopefully we can still pitch and play defense like we have been,” Coach Stein said. “Make them make plays and get pressure on them and find ways to stop popping up so much and put pressure on them.”



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