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Dragons scorch Santo, 19-4

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Jaston McBee belted a homer and drove in six runs Saturday as the Chico Dragons hammered Santo 19-4 in five innings.

The victory completed the sweep of the Class A bi-district series. Chico beat Santo 8-5 Friday in the first game.

Picking Up Win

PICKING UP WIN – Chico pitcher Brady North tossed seven innings, allowing five runs in the Dragons’ 8-5 victory over Santo Friday. Messenger photo by Kelly Guess

“We got on base. That’s what I’ve been preaching all year,” said Chico coach Brian McBeth. “We made them make plays.”

The Dragons improved to 20-6 and will move on to play Gorman at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Brock for a Class A area title.

“We’re pretty pumped and excited to go out and play just like we did Saturday,” McBee said. “We want to make a playoff run and keep this going.”

McBee broke out of a slump Saturday to lead the Dragons’ hitting barrage. He went 0-for-5 with a walk in the first game Friday. He bounced back, going 4-for-5 with a triple and the home run.

“I was seeing the ball good and finally got out of my slump,” he said.

Stretching Out

STRETCHING OUT – Chico first baseman Tyler Melton reaches out to catch a ball at first base during the Dragons’ win over Santo Friday. Messenger photo by Kelly Guess

The rest of the team followed him, pounding out 14 hits. Tyler Melton and Kalan Johnson knocked in a pair of runs each. Melton finished 3-for-4.

Chico plated four runs in the first after McBee led off with a single. He hit a solo homer in the second as part of a two-run inning. The Dragons took a 9-0 lead in the third.

Chico scored 10 in the fourth, sending 15 batters to the plate.

Jeremy Blanks benefited from the run support. He held Santo hitless for the first four innings. He allowed four hits and three runs – one earned – in five innings.

Friday, the Dragons’ bats were slow starting. Chico managed only three hits. They took advantage of 10 walks and seven hit batters to score eight runs. The Dragons plated two in the sixth and four in the seventh to rally from a 4-2 deficit.

“We got lucky Friday,” McBeth said.

Brady North earned the win, allowing five runs – two earned – on eight hits over seven innings.

Against Gorman, McBeth will throw Tyler Melton.

“His arm was sore, and we were able to get through the series without him throwing,” McBeth said. “He was 8-2 on the year.”

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