Monarchs take two more wins

Coaches preach for consistency in a team's play and that one game doesn't mean anymore than the next.

Even so, last week the Monarchs won a pair of games that meant a bit more than others. Tuesday night Exeter hosted the Dinuba Emperors. The Emperors entered the contest one game behind the Monarchs and tied with the Lindsay Cardinals.

The Monarchs scored first in the fourth inning on a Beau Whitlock solo home run. Exeter scored an important insurance run in the fifth. Chris Mayabb attained first on a Dinuba error, Whitlock received an intentional walk and Aaron Thomas singled home what proved to be the winning run.

Mayabb pitched six innings despite being sick, striking out seven and giving up no earned runs. Whitlock entered in the sixth with two runners on and promptly got a ground ball to Matt Silva at shortstop, who threw out the runner at the plate. The next batter popped up to first baseman Luis Balderas in foul territory and Balderas threw to Whitlock covering first for a game ending double play.

Chris Mayabb was the winning pitcher. The save came by way of Beau Whitlock.

Friday Exeter traveled to Reedley to play the undefeated in league and league leading Immanuel Eagles. The Monarchs scored in the top of the first on a basehit by Morgan Munger, Beau Whitlock garnered first on an error and Munger scored on a bases loaded walk to Luis Baldereas. The Eagles answered back in the fourth with Travis Cardoza reaching first on an error and Nathan Reis doubling him home.

The Exeter baseball team responded with 2 runs in the top of the fifth. Sam Garver lead off with a single and reached third after two wild pitches. Chris Mayabb singled him home, then Whitlock reached on another basehit. Aaron Thomas got to first on a fielder’s choice and Mayabb scored when Matt Silva’s ground ball was misplayed into an error allowing him first base.

The Eagles came back with 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score at 3 on a single, a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a Mitch Armson double.

The Monarchs weren’t going to be undone though. With one out in the top of the sixth, Denno Daly singled, Garver walked and both advanced on wild pitches with Daly scoring. Mayabb walks and advances to second on a passed ball. With runners on second and third Whitlock singles home Garver and Mayabb to make the score Exeter, 6 and Immanuel, 3.

Whitlock shut down the Eagles the next two innings and the Monarchs came home with the victory. Whitlock gave up only four hits. The Monarch defense was stingy throwing out 12 Eagles on ground balls, including a double play and catching five fly balls for outs.

The Monarchs travel to Coalinga on Tuesday and host the Lindsay Cardinals on Friday at 4 p.m.

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