Baseball: Melton, Chico blast Pirates – Dragons remain unbeaten

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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SAFE AT HOME – Chico’s Cameron Weatherly slides in at home plate during the second inning of the Dragons’ 15-1 win over Perrin-Whitt on Friday. Chico is 13-0-1 on the season. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

Tyler Melton’s domination of opposing pitchers continued Friday along with the Chico Dragons’ unbeaten streak.

Melton crushed a pair of home runs and drove in five in the Dragons’ 15-1 win over Perrin-Whitt to move to 13-0-1 and 4-0 in District 10-2A.

“We’re hot right now and are rolling,” Melton said. “We’re playing with a lot of confidence. There’s still work to do. Mentally we’re there. We’ve got to stay hot.”

At the plate, Melton is scorching. The senior catcher/pitcher is putting up numbers that would jump off the page in slow-pitch softball. Melton is batting .735 with an unimaginable on-base plus slugging percentage of 2.576. Of his 25 hits in 34 at-bats, 11 have went for extra bases, including seven home runs. Friday was his second multi-homer game in district.

“I wouldn’t pitch to him ever,” said Chico coach Brian McBeth. “People that do are crazy.”

Melton’s first home run to left-center field brought in two runs during the Dragons’ five-run bottom of the second.

Chico plated another five in the third, sending 10 batters to the plate. Jerod Blanks drove in two with a single to right. Jeremy Blanks collected his second RBI of the evening with a single to right to put the Dragons up 12-0.

Melton capped the scoring with a three-run bomb to center field that scored Jaston McBee and Jerod Blanks.

McBee and Jerod Blanks reached base and scored four times each.

Chico pitcher Cameron Weatherly held Perrin-White to a run on one hit over four innings. The lone hit was a bunt single in the top of the fourth. Perrin-Whitt plated its run on a bases-loaded walk.

Weatherly struck out nine and walked four. He moved to 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA in 16 and two-thirds innings.

“He threw the ball good,” McBeth said. “He’s got to stay strong and sharp throughout the whole game. At times, he was overthrowing a bit.”

After the 4-0 start in district, Chico stepped out of the league play Tuesday to face Valley Mills. Chico takes on Lake Country Christian Saturday.

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