ATLANTIC – The two balls Carter Pellett hit home were what he described as “meatballs”.
The first meatball barely crossed the fence.
The second, there was no doubt about that one.
Pellett, the Atlantic junior who is becoming one of the top all-around athletes in his class, had five RBIs on the night of both home runs, one in each game as it was just part of a 15-2, Shenandoah’s 12-3 sweep Monday night at the Trojan baseball diamonds.
The first home run, the two-out shot that barely crossed the left-field fence, gave the Trojans a 2-0 lead.
“It was a 3-2 count and the guy (Shenandoah starter Camden Lorimor) gave me an absolute meatball, perfect pitch,” Pellett said. “I turned it on and honestly, I didn’t think I had it until the left fielder stopped walking and I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s over! “”
It was the first home run in maybe Little League — maybe eight to 10 years — since he hit a home run, at least according to family recollections. He didn’t have to wait long for the second one.
“That one, he threw another meatball at me and that one was a little bit faster, so it got harder right off the bat,” Pellett said. “That one went way beyond the fence.
“It’s really great to get back to back wins and hopefully we get the win against (Council Bluffs) St. Albert,” he added.
Pellett’s first home run set up a nine-run second inning for the Trojans, with Easton O’Brien’s three-run brace doing the most damage. The Trojans sent 15 batters home as Jayden Proehl had three RBIs, while Jackson McLaren and Tanner O’Brien joined Pellett with two RBIs.
The other home run capped an offensive night for the Trojans, who had to regroup from a 3-2 deficit in the fifth, with Tanner O’Brien using a three-run brace to help change the momentum of the last drink .
Seven runs scored, all with two outs.
“It was a great way to get us going. It was a good cushion to put us under,” O’Brien said. “I saw the first pitch which was a fastball and decided to hit it and it worked for me.
“It was good for us. We expected to win and we knew it was going to be tough because they’re scrappy, but we kept rolling the sticks on them,” O’Brien said.
The Trojans had 24 hits in the doubleheader while Wyatt Redinbaugh took the Game 1 victory, Garrett McLaren the nightcap victory in relief.
On the softball field, Atlantic finished with a somewhat surprising split against Shenandoah.
The Trojans made four errors in the opener, and one of them contributed to the fillies’ only point in a 1-0 victory for the visitors. Bats were also silent as they were held to four hits.
Still, the Trojans had two runners in scoring position with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and a hit would likely have tackled the game-winning runs. But a pop-up ended the threat.
The Trojans regrouped in the last drink as it was Madison Huddleson’s three-run brace with a fourth-inning out that turned a one-run lead into a rout and propelled the Trojans to an 8-1 victory .
Riley Wood took the win in the last drink, not allowing a base runner after the fourth inning.
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