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The Hall baseball team used some opportunistic offense and a strong outing from senior pitcher Brett Fanning to capture a 10-0 win over Peoria Christian on Tuesday in Tri-County Conference action at Foley Field in Spring Valley.
With the victory, Hall advances to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in TCC play.
“I thought we played really well,” said Hall shortstop Danny Nolasco, who finished 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored to lead the Red Devil offense. “Peoria Christian only lost to Ottawa Marquette by two, so we figured they would be a pretty good team.
“We came out and hit really well and Brett pitched a really good game. So it was a good game all-around,” Nolasco said, adding that the Red Devils’ ability to capitalize on the Chargers’ five errors was a big difference in the game. “I think we have to play like that for the rest of the season. If we can get on teams, it will make it easier for us.”
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first on a Blake Moreno RBI single, Hall extended its advantage in the third.
Nolasco opened the frame with a double to right and Fanning followed with a double to the gap in left center to drive him in.
The Red Devils added a run on an infield error on a ball hit by Trevor Urbanski to take a 3-0 advantage.
The fourth saw more of the same as Hall once again pounced on PC errors for runs.
Lead-off hitter Taggart Venegas reached base with one out on an infield error and a single from Nolasco and fielder’s choice by Fanning — which did not net the desired results of an out for the Chargers at third — loaded the bases.
Another infield gaffe on a ball hit by Moreno brought home Venegas and set the stage for Miguel Villarreal to make it a 6-0 Hall advantage on a two-RBI single to left.
The Red Devils finished off the mercy-rule win with another trio of runs in the fifth. Nolasco placed a well-hit ball into centerfield for an RBI single and later scored himself on an error in right field.
A walk drawn Villarreal loaded the bases, and Ian Trevier exercised some patience at the plate to coax another walk for an RBI to put Hall up 9-0 before courtesy runner Pete Mautino scrambled in on a wild pitch to end the game.
“It’s really important to capitalize, especially in these types of conference games — ones that mean a lot. (We) got that situation out of the way and learned to capitalize,” Fanning said.
Fanning advanced to 3-1 on the season with the victory. He finished the shutout with four hits allowed, 11 strikeouts and no walks.
Paxton Wiersema was charged the loss for PC as he surrendered nine runs, three earned, off of seven hits over 4 2/3 innings.
Lead-off hitter Joel Hutchinson was the lone Charger with multiple hits with singles in the first and third innings.
Chris Yucus can be reached at 220-6995 or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsChris.
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