Norse start baseball season strong

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NORTHGLENN — The Northglenn High School baseball team has been flying under the radar for the first part of the season.

The Norse, who are a perfect 4-0, have been finding a way to get the job done both at the plate and on the field.

Through four games, Northglenn have outscored its opponents 37-14 and took care of business on Mar. 21 by shutting down rival Mountain Range 9-0 at Larry Walker Field.

“It always feels good to have a good start to the season,” Norse’ coach Hugo Garcia said. “But our goal is to play strong in May heading into the playoffs.”

Garcia has a veteran squad to work with, many of which saw the field last season when Northglenn had its season come to an end in a 9-0 defeat to Regis Jesuit in the opening round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

Both senior Jacob Saunders and junior Pedro Montes saw extended time last year, and both have been stellar so far this season.

Saunders, who is Northglenn’s catcher, has a team-high nine hits — including four doubles and a triple. In the Norse’s win over Pomona, Saunders had three RBIs and a triple.

Montes, who splits time between catcher and pitcher, leads Northglenn with 11 RBIs. He drove in five runs during the Norse’s 11-5 win over Fairview.

Montes also earned the win against Pomona by striking out six in five innings.

“Our experience is our strength,” Garcia said. “We have a good balance of seniors and juniors that play major roles for us. Our experience has carried us early because most teams have not been able to be outside and practice due to our extremely wet weather.”

Montes is one of three players that has earned wins for Northglenn on the mound, Tristan Dean and Jose Quezada also have gotten victories. Dean had a team-high four wins last season and Quezada earned the shutout win against Mountain Range, allowing only four hits and striking out 11 batters.

The Mustangs have also been on a roll this season, winning both of their games going into their matchup with Northglenn.

Mountain Range cruised to a 14-2 win over Thornton, with senior Matt Maestas driving in two home runs and going a perfect 4 for 4 from the plate — scoring four runs and driving in eight more.

The Mustangs also squeaked out a win against Valor Christian the season opener, beating the Eagles 5-4.

Maestas and Noah Draper each had three hits in the win.

Both Mountain Range and Northglenn will spend spring break in Arizona, the Mustangs will play in the Greenway Festival tournament while the Norse in the Big League Dugout.