Sophomore Trevor Gunnels and senior London Collins combined to toss a one-hitter and the Drexel Bobcats relied on timely hitting to move to 3-0 on the season with a 5-1 non-district win April 15 at Montrose.
Gunnels pitched four innings for the win with four strikeouts and one hit. Collins closed the door with seven strikeouts and no hits to pick up the save.
Collins and Jacob Antley brought in runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, to give the Bobcats all the cushion they would need for their third straight win.
Daniel Shipps led all Drexel hitters with a pair of singles and an RBI and Chandler Eastwood, Collins, Antley, Gunnels and Hayden Parks each added a single as the Bobcats collected seven hits off two Montrose pitchers.
"Our pitchers kept Montrose off-balance for the entire game and we overcame some miscues early in the field that could have been costly," Drexel coach Steve Cozad said. "It was another chance for our guys to come up big in a clutch situation on offense and they did even though we weren't really in sync for most of the game."
On April 10, Collins scattered five hits and fanned 18 batters as Drexel overcame a couple of miscues in a solid 7-2 win over Class 1, District 7 opponent Sheldon at Drexel.
Collins worked out of two late-game rallies by Sheldon, and Shipps, Eastwood, Lane West, Antley and Tyler Allen came up big in the final two innings to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning. West drove in a pair of runs with a timely single and Antley and Allen added late RBIs as well.
Allen led the Bobcats with a three-for-four night at the plate, including an RBI triple in the third inning. Collins helped himself out with a pair of scores and Drexel had 13 hits total.
The Bobcats took control in the sixth inning as Eastwood and Shipps opened the inning with singles and both moved into scoring position as West battled Sheldon pitcher Micah Swanson. West plated both runners on a 2-2 pitch to give Drexel a comfortable 4-2 edge.
Antley drove in West with an infield single, and Collins reached base on a walk before Allen drove in the final two runs.
"It was a gutsy performance by these young men," Cozad said.