Three big pitching performances and a little small ball lifted Redmond to a 5-0 victory over Kentwood on Wednesday, as the Mustangs closed out preseason play at home.
Landon Thompson and Calvin Cadman each threw three innings and Colin Curry pitched the seventh, ending the game with a strikeout.
Cadman earned the win in a contest that moved quickly and showed that situational work in practice pays off.
Redmond opened the scoring in the second after a single by Duncan Warriner and a long double by Hunter Petit put runners on second and third. Warriner scored on a fielders choice to put the Mustangs up 1-0.
In the third, Dustin Lennon-Jones walked and Yui Suzuki beat out a bunt for a base hit. Both advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Darek Khabani, and Suzuki scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Spencer Uyematsu.
Aggressive baserunning helped Redmond put up three runs in the sixth. After Uyematsu reached on a fielders choice and Tristan Rosell walked, both runners advanced on steals. Ryan Rembisz singled to drive in Uyematsu to make it 3-0.
With Ben Chenevert at the plate, Rembisz and Rosell pulled off a double steal to score another run, and a Chenevert single brought in Rembisz to make it 5-0 Mustangs.
Timely defense kept Kentwood in check all game. Suzuki tracked down a long fly to center to end a threat in the first, and Petit gunned out a runner trying to steal second in fifth. Shifting from catcher to first base, Petit made a diving stop to take away extra bases in the seventh.
Redmond opens the KingCo 4A season against Eastlake on Monday, March 18, at 4 p.m. The game will take place at Redmond High School and include a special dedication event for the new turf baseball and softball fields.