BARSTOW Like any other batter, Jaccob Muir has his off days.
The Silverado High School baseball team is still looking for proof that such occurrences exists.
Muir had his second straight two-home run game against the Hawks as the Aztecs won 7-1 on Wednesday afternoon at Barstow High School.
Forget forcing the Aztecs leadoff hitter into a slump, the Hawks might settle for just not letting Muir continue ripping balls deep into the outfield. In two games against the Hawks this season, Muir is 6-for-8 with four home runs and 7 RBIs. The teams will complete the season series at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Silverado (8-11; 3-4 Desert Sky League). What will they throw at him then? Not matter what they choose to do, Muir said he has faith in the batters behind him, who will cause damage on way or another.
"I have no idea," Muir said. "I don't think they are going to pitch to me this time.
"They are either going to pitch to me or make me work to get on base and try to get the guys out behind me."
Muir accumulated a few more stats from the mound on Wednesday. As the Aztecs starting pitcher he picked up the win, allowed no runs and earned eight strikeouts in five innings of work.
The Aztecs (12-3; 6-1 DSL) are now a win away from clinching a postseason berth with five DSL games remaining. Coasting through those final five games is hardly in Barstow coach Bruce Mitchell's mindset, however.
"That's not our goal," said Mitchell, referring to the Aztecs goal of earning a DSL title. "That's not what we set out to do. We still got plenty of work in front of us."
Barstow never trailed against the Hawks and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. However, the score could have easily been reversed. After Muir struckout the Hawks leadoff hitter, Silverado managed to load the bases with one out.
"I just bared down and went after them with my pitches," Muir said. "I wanted to make them swing."
Muir kept Silverado off the scoreboard with back-to-back strikeouts to finish with a rare four strikeouts in the inning. Then Aztecs responded on offense.
Muir and Chris Madero walked and Aaron Sanchez brought them home with a double into deep left field. Sanchez later scored on a pass ball.
"What we try to do is just get base runners and let the rest take care of itself," Mitchell said. "Jake and Chris have been doing a good job of setting the table for the other guys all the way through the order.
"Everybody in the lineup is contributing. That's what we need."
Muir led off the third inning with his first home run of the day, a blast to center field that gave the Aztecs a 4-0 lead. Muir and Madero added two more runs to the score with back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning.
Silverado picked up its first and only run of the game in the sixth inning. The Aztecs responded and added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth. Matthew Negrette hit a double into center and Phil Peralta brought him home with another double.
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Leslie, Schroeder (5) and Russel; Muir, McCarty (6) and Negrette. WP Muir. LP Leslie. 2B Ybarra (S), Sanchez, Negrette, Peralta (B). HR 2 Muir, Madero (B).
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