Skyline today won its third straight with a 5-0 win over Shasta.
Trojans sophomore Daniel Madigan persevered in a classic pitching duel to earn the win, his record improves to 1-1. The left-hander was as economical as he was dominant, working 7+ innings while allowing no runs on five hits. He struck out nine against no walks on just 83 pitches.
As a transfer sophomore, the win is Madigan’s first at Skyline.
Shasta sophomore Casey Duenas took the loss, his record falls to 0-2. After surrendering an unearned run in the third inning, Duenas kept Skyline’s 1-0 lead in check until the Trojans broke through in the seventh. The left-hander worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits, striking out one against two walks and a hit batsman.
In the third, Skyline jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Nick McHugh sparked a rally with an infield hit, legging out a chopper over the pitcher, then advancing to second on a errant throw by Shasta second baseman Daulton Hanks. Phil Caulfield followed with a soft line out to short, but Shasta shortstop Austin Lobue attempting a double play and threw errantly behind McHugh at second to allow an advance to third. With two outs, Michael Franco lined an RBI single to center to plate McHugh.
In the seventh, Skyline broke it open with a four-run rally. Dean Aliamus drew a one-out walk. With two outs, Caulfield walked to put runners at first and second. Franco followed with another RBI single to plate Aliamus. Lance Montano then singled to score Caulfield, advancing Franco to third. After Montano stole second, cleanup hitter Nobu Suzuki shot a two-run single to center to score Franco and Montano to cap the day’s scoring.
Skyline’s bullpen did the rest, as Cage Cascone and Jonathan Murphy came on to combine for two shutout innings in support of Madigan. Cascone currently paces the Trojans with four appearances. Murphy closed out the game with his first collegiate strikeout in his Skyline debut.
With the win, Skyline improves its record to 3-2, marking the first time the Trojans have been above the .500 mark since April 16, 2011.
The Trojans wrap up their three-game series with Shasta tomorrow in a doubleheader at Skyline Diamond. First pitch for Game 1 is scheduled for 11 a.m. Game 2 will start approximately 30 minutes after the completion of Game 1. Skyline finishes its home stand Sunday at noon against Santa Rosa.