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Monarchs Shut Out Bruins

Wellman goes the distance for JM

April 14, 2012
By RICK THORP - Staff Writer ( , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

GLEN DALE - Bob Montgomery couldn't have asked for much more.

John Marshall's baseball coach - in his 38th season - knows better than anyone what constitutes a solid performance. And Friday's 8-0 triumph against Brooke at Monarch Field was one of them.

Shane Wellman twirled a complete-game three-hitter, Todd Schmidt blasted a two-run homer in the sixth and was a triple short of the cycle, and the Monarchs took advantage of four Bruins errors to turn what was a scoreless game after three-and-a-half innings into a rout.

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John Marshall’s Todd Schmidt is congratulated by Monarchs coach Bob Montgomery after hitting a home run Friday against Brooke.

''It was just about a perfect, perfect game all the way around,'' an extremely pleased Montgomery said.

''But, it's only April 13. We stumble on occasion, but we hustle, play hard ... we looked good.''

Such was not the case for the Bruins.

''We have to be able to make the plays,'' Brooke coach Ron Ujcich said.

''When you put yourself in a hole, get down six runs, it seems like it takes forever to get out of the basement.

''You have to execute from start to finish and we didn't do that. I'm pretty sure that, up until (Schmidt's) home run, all of their runs were unearned and you can't do that in this game.''

Brooke starter Brent Pellen allowed two hits during the first three innings. But in the fourth, the wheels came off.

Schmidt got things started when he hit a chopper down the third-base line that bounced off the bag for a single.

Next, Aaron Fonner hit a chopper to short. The Brooke shortstop paused for a split second contemplating whether to start the double play. But by the time he realized a force wasn't possible at second, his throw to first was late and JM had two runners aboard with no outs.

Jeremy Betras followed by laying a bunt down in front of home plate. Brooke's catcher fielded the ball and made an errant throw to first which went into right field. Schmidt and Fonner scored to make it 2-0.

Chris Minder became the first out of the inning when he grounded to short. But after making the putout, Brooke's first baseman tried to get Betras, who was racing toward third. The throw went into foul ground and Betras scored to up the lead to 3-0.

''We've been in a couple of battles the past few nights, it's just a matter of making the plays,'' Ujcich said.

''In the Morgantown game (Thursday night) we had three errors and they didn't have any. A few costly errors led to a seven-run inning.

''One thing leads to another.''

John Marshall's performance in the fourth opened the floodgates. In the fifth, the Monarchs started the inning with five hits and ended up scoring three runs.

''We're known for hitting at John Marshall and we've had a lot of hits this spring,'' Montgomery said, noting the victory made his squad 2-0 against sectional foes this spring.

That hitting gave Wellman more than enough support. He struck out 12, walked five and didn't allow an extra-base hit.

''Terrific, terrific on the mound,'' Montgomery said of Wellman. ''He was very poised, mixing pitches like crazy, which is the way pitching is supposed to be.''

Zach Winland and Fonner both finished with three hit for JM, with Fonner knocking in two runs.

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