Diehard fans braved a biting wind on Monday as a strong Spruce Mountain High School baseball team breezed by the Boothbay Region Seahawks 24-0.
Winter coats were in order as onlookers watched the Class B team from Jay combine strong pitching with timely hitting to overwhelm the Boothbay starters.
Starting pitcher Hunter Crocker did his best to hold back the onslaught with four strikeouts in three innings. He gave way to Matt Sullivan who finished out the five-inning shortened game.
Junior Bryson Bailey struck out six Seahawk batters and gave up a lone single to Owen Barter in the second inning. In the third inning, he was relieved by freshman Isaac Parker, who finished the game.
The Seahawks’ only scoring chance came in the third when Matt Sullivan walked followed by a single by Hunter Crocker who took second when the throw came in to third. Brett Hollowell grounded out before Sullivan could cross the plate thus ending the inning.
Spruce Mountain hit two mighty home runs. Logan Moffett’s drive cleared the fence and bounced off the road beyond right field ending up in the swamp never to be found. Senior and first-year player Cody York hit a grand slam in the top of the fifth to complete the scoring.
Spruce Mountain advanced to 5-4 with the win. The Seahawks fell to 2-7 with the loss.