At first, the comment sounded a lot like coachspeak, which are words and phrases often uttered repeatedly by coaches over and over again.
However, Douglas County High School baseball coach Mark Roberts accurately described the Huskies' 11-2 Continental League victory over crosstown rival Castle View as “a total team victory.”
Everybody in the Huskies lineup contributed a hit or scored a run in the April 19 victory on the Douglas County diamond.
“The boys came out real focused,” Roberts said.
Douglas County collected 12 hits, including three home runs.
The sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth hitters in the Huskies lineup (Tyler Quintana, Jared Montoya, Codi Guillory and Austin Pitchford) had six hits and two homers, scored five runs and drove in five runs.
Starting pitcher Trent Maloney was touched for two runs in the top of the first inning but settled down and allowed only one hit in the last five innings.
The senior right-hander retired the last eight batters he faced in a seven-inning, completed game, five-hit performance.
“He really settled down and we answered with five runs in the bottom of the first,” Roberts said.
Castle View starting pitcher Trevor Smeeton got the first two outs in the bottom of the first but then suffered control problems as he walked the next three batters to load the bases.
Quintana delivered a single to score one run and then Montoya, the Huskies sophomore second basemen, sent a 3-2 pitch over the right-centerfield fence for a grand slam home run.
“He's been our leadoff hitter,” explained Roberts. “I dropped him to seventh to take a little pressure off him. I moved everybody up in the lineup and put him seventh. I guess he likes hitting seventh.”
Montoya got the pitch he wanted and smacked his first home run of the season.
“I was looking for a fastball,” Montoya said. “I just went with the pitch. I get more pitches to hit when hitting seventh.”
Pitchford and Maloney hit solo homers for Douglas County. Maloney, Quintana and Logan Kiefer each had two hits for the Huskies.
Castle View never recovered after giving up the five first-inning runs.
“You get the first two outs in the inning and everything is looking good,” Sabercats coach Shawn Wyss said. “Trevor didn't make adjustments. You walk three guys in an inning and it has a way to get to you.”
Junior third baseman Kaleb Geiger had two singles and a walk to pace Castle View. He drove in both Sabercats runs in the first inning.