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Baseball: Melton, Chico belt Bulldogs – Chico slugger hits three homers in two days

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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The Chico Dragons started District 10-2A play Monday with a dramatic victory over Olney on Tyler Melton’s walk-off solo homer.

Tuesday afternoon, Melton provided another walk-off blast with far less drama.

THROWING FOR THE WIN – Chico’s Cameron Weatherly tosses a pitch during the Dragons’ win Tuesday over Alvord. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Melton belted his third home run in two days to right-center field to end the Bulldogs’ 13-3 win over Alvord in five innings.

“I’m just working my routine and working on my mental game like we’ve been talking about – deep breaths and positive thinking,” said Melton, who has five homers this season.

Chico moved to 10-0-1 on the season and 2-0 in 10-2A.

“It’s big. We didn’t play up to par last night in the first part of the game but rose above it,” Melton said.

Melton started the scoring for the Dragons’ Tuesday with a run-scoring single in the first. He then added his first of two homers in the fourth. Melton finished 3-for-3 with 5 RBIs.

The Dragons broke the game open in the second with five runs. Jaston McBee’s slow roller to second with the bases loaded was thrown away. Kalan Johnson then singled in a run ahead of Cameron Weatherly’s two-run single to left-center.

Weatherly’s hit drove Alvord starter Cooper Hering from the game after just one-plus inning.

Ryan Deweese got out the second without allowing another run but couldn’t keep the Dragons’ offense down long. Chico plated another run in the bottom of the third on an opposite-field double by Brady North.

After falling down 7-0, Alvord put up three runs in the top of the fourth. Clay Baker drove in a pair with a RBI-double to center. The third Alvord run came home on a failed pickoff attempt at first.

Chico got all three runs back in the bottom of the fourth, starting with Melton’s solo home run. Weatherly scored on a wild pitch, and Jarod Blanks drove in a run with a single.

Weatherly, who threw five innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits, kept Alvord off the board in the top of the fifth.

McBee and Johnson reached ahead of Melton to set up the game-ending blast.

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