Exeter baseball remain undefeated

Exeter’s Aidan Robertson pitches against Lindsay this past Thursday night. The Monarchs defeated Lindsay, 6-1, to improve to 7-0 this season.(Kason Clark)

Monarchs defeat Lindsay 6-1 to improve to 7-0 this season, extends their streak to 13 straight victories against the Cardinals

LINDSAY – Exeter baseball has had the Lindsay Cardinals’ number for the past decade, and that did not change this past Thursday night.

On March 7, the Monarchs went on the road and defeated the Cardinals 6-1. As the Monarchs picked up another win against Lindsay, they were led by opportune base runners and a solid pitching performance from Aidan Robertson.

“We threw in our ace Robertson and he carried us through six innings,” Exeter head coach Kevin Kirkman said. “We were pretty aggressive on the bases and that’s pretty much how we won today. It was base running and a couple of key hits.”

The Monarchs have now won 13 straight games against the Cardinals dating back to 2010. Along with extending their streak against Lindsay, Exeter improved to 7-0 this spring. As the Monarchs have gotten off to a strong start this year, Kirkman believes they are executing offensively and defensively.

“We’re playing pretty good as a team. We’re hitting the ball,” Kirkman said. “We’ve had good defense, guys have been hitting the ball well and we’ve been playing well as a team.”

Against the Cardinals, the Monarchs took an early lead. In the top of the first inning, Robertson got it started with a single to center field to drive in a run. Cade McElmoyl then brought in another run with a sacrifice fly to make it a 2-0 game.

The Cardinals tried to keep pace in the bottom of the first with a run to make it a 2-1 game. But that was all the Cardinals could get on the scoreboard. The Monarchs retook control in the top of the third when Gunnar Lentz scored on an error to make it a 3-1 contest.

The Monarchs made it 4-1 in the top of the fourth when Logan Montano scored on a wild pitch. Exeter continued to add onto their lead in the fifth inning when Robertson scored on an error and Miles Munger drove in a run with an infield single.

The Monarch defense then held it down the rest of the way to win the game and hand the Cardinals their third straight loss. With a 4-5 record this season, Lindsay head coach Brett Kendig believes the Cardinals have been pitching well but need to improve defensively to get back on track.

“We made some mistakes today defensively that hurt us,” Kendig said. “If we just play a little bit better defense and execute a little bit better, I think we’re going to be very strong, especially on the mound.”

With their undefeated start to the year, the Monarchs have been playing well on both sides of the plate. But if they want to stay hot this spring, Kirkman believes they have to clean up the little things.

“I think we can improve on some base running and clean up a little bit on defense,” Kirkman said. “We’ve played good defense this year but there were a couple communication mess ups today that we can clean it up.”

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