Murray • Pitcher Cam Howe stood next to third base while his Murray teammates headed to the dugout to retrieve their gear Tuesday.
The dark-haired senior was getting ice wrapped around his right shoulder by the Spartans' athletic trainer. Murray baseball coach Marce Wilson lingered a few feet away overlooking the field.
Wilson then looked at Howe getting iced, knowing just how important the senior's now-chilled shoulder was for his team.
Howe tossed a five-hitter for the Spartans, who withstood a late comeback by Herriman to escape with a 5-4 victory.
"When you strand eight runners in the first three innings, you're hard-pressed to win games," Wilson said. "It's a sloppy win. We made mistakes that put them [Herriman] in position to score."
But Howe shut the door when Herriman threatened. Howe answered with six strikeouts and forced a pop-out to end the game when the Mustangs had runners on second and third.
"Usually when things go like that defensively, you're in for a long day," Wilson said.
But not on Tuesday.
"He threw the big pitches whenever we needed the big pitches," Wilson said. "He competed well, and that's what he's good at. He got tough in the situations he needed to get tough in. Without him pitching today, I don't think we win that game."
Murray loaded the bases with no outs in each of the first two innings, but managed only two runs. The Spartans filled the bases again in the bottom of the fourth, and this time they broke through. Two sacrifice flies and a RBI single put them ahead after being down 4-2.
"My mentality is going the full distance every time I'm on the mound," Howe said. "My coach knows I don't like to come out of the game."
Howe proved the best option for the Spartans, who improved to 5-2 in region play.
Storylines Murray 5, Herriman 4
R Senior Cam Howe throws a five-hitter to lift the Spartans over the Mustangs.