Montoya throws no-no, G.C. Elite win pair

6/14/2014

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Garden City Elite head coach Lyle Befort walked to the mound to consult his pitcher, Edgar Montoya, who had just walked the Ulysses' leadoff batter in the bottom of the seventh with a 3-0 lead.

Usually, Befort said, players might be a little tense, a little anxious in that situation, especially early in the summer schedule.

Instead, they were relaxed, joking and focused as the American Legion Post No. 9 team closed out the game with the 3-0 win behind a no-hitter from Montoya in the nightcap of the 2nd annual Gene Harbour American Legion Baseball Tournament in Ulysses.

"Edgar was on tonight," Befort said in a telephone interview on Friday night. "He was throwing strikes, and they weren't catching up with his fastball."

It was good timing for the ace of the Elite's staff to put on a performance, with the lowest run output of the young season for the legion squad.

Earlier in the day, the Elite routed Minneola 17-1 in a run-rule shortened four-inning affair to open the two-day, 10-team tournament.

But in the nightcap, Garden City and Ulysses were in a scoreless duel through six innings, despite the Elite pounding out nine hits.

Befort said his players were hitting the ball well, but just right at defenders, sometimes resulting in ill-timed double plays — the Elite rolled into a pair of turn-twos.

Finally, in the top of the seventh, the Elite broke through, with Ivan Gutierrez singling to lead off the inning, advancing on an error and scoring on Daven Acker's single a batter later. Acker and Jacob Rivas, who reached with a single of his own, scored on Marcus Zapata's single to center field, making it 3-0.

Montoya closed out the complete game effort in the bottom of the inning, racking up 12 strikeouts and walking only three.

"He's our team leader in the pitching department," Befort said of the 19-year-old Montoya who was a freshman on the Garden City Community College staff in 2013-14. "He shows our other guys what to do and how to pitch."

Against Minneola, the Elite pounded out 16 hits and took advantage of five errors to score 17 runs in only four innings, including a six-run second and eight-run fourth.

Acker led the way with three runs and three RBIs on a 2-for-3 day.

Acker also picked up the win, pitching all four innings, striking out five and walking just one. He gave just one hit and Minneola's run was unearned.

The two wins make the Elite 4-0 on the season, after a doubleheader sweep of Dodge City (18-0; 10-0) on June 2.

The Elite were scheduled to play at least two more games today in Ulysses, but the morning game against Leoti was forfeited by Leoti, making the Elite 5-0.

They will play Goodland at 2:45 in the afternoon, with the winner advancing to the championship game at 7:15 p.m. The loser will play in the third-place game, also at 7:15 p.m.

Linescores in Scoreboard, Page D2.

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Game 1

Garden City 162 8 -- 17 16 1

Minneola 010 0 -- 1 1 5

Minneola stats unavailable.

Acker and Solorio. W--Acker. 2B--Garden City, Rodriguez, Terrazes, M. Montoya, Zapata.

Game 2

Garden City 000 000 3 -- 3 9 0

Ulysses 000 000 0 -- 0 1 2

Ulysses stats unavailable.

E. Montoya and Solorio. W--E. Montoya.

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