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Montrose baseball returns home to shut out Eagle Valley for seventh-straight win

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Montrose senior Lucas Roy. (Tom Hoganson)

After eight games on the road, Montrose baseball finally returned for its home opener on Wednesday.

The team didn't disappoint the home fans, walking away with a 10-0 win over Eagle Valley in front of a big crowd. The game ended after four-and-a-half innings due to the run rule.

Montrose pitcher Lucas Roy had five strikeouts, and allowed just four hits in five innings. He was also 1-for-2 at the plate with two RBIs.

Indy Laird, Welch and James had two hits apiece. Welch finished with three RBIs.

Montrose is now 7-2 so far this season, with the lone losses coming to open the season at an out-of-state tournament in New Mexico. The team has won seven consecutive games, and is 6-0 against in-state competition.

Montrose broke a scoreless tie in the game with one run in the bottom of the second on a single by Dylan James. They scored three more in the bottom of the third to make it 4-0 after three innings, and then broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning.

The fourth inning was sparked by a two-run double from Justin Welch and a two-run single by Roy. That made it 10-0 after four innings.

In the top of the fifth, Eagle Valley had a runner on third with two outs. The game ended on a pop up to catcher Dustin Boone.

"The kids played well today," Montrose coach Ty Shaw said. "They were a little nervous to play at home, but they made some good adjustments at the plate. Lucas Roy pitched a great game and we played pretty good defense behind him."

"The second pitcher was a little faster, so it helped us not to be out on our front foot," said Montrose senior Jared Miller, who had three hits. "It was a good win. We just need to keep playing as a team."