Baseball: Covey dazzles scouts in Maranatha’s 3-0 win

PASADENA – It’s always a treat whenever Maranatha High School’s Dylan Covey is on the mound.

There were well over two dozen scouts hovering behind home plate to watch the Major League prospect and, as usual, he didn’t disappoint.

Covey struck out 14 and Danny Beckwith fanned the side in the seventh to combine for a no-hitter in leading the Minutemen to a 3-0 nonleague victory over Pasadena Poly on a chilly Wednesday night at Jackie Robinson Field.

Covey, who topped out at 95 miles per hour, made 98 pitches and walked four. The walks gave Pasadena Poly (12-4) a chance to manufacture some runs after making little contact, if at all, but to no avail. The Panthers left six runners stranded and couldn’t capitalize on three Maranatha (14-8) errors.

“He’s the best we’ve seen,” Pasadena Poly coach Wayne Ellis said.

“We never threatened. The kid is a step above anything we’ve seen. He made a good-hitting team look bad.”

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The Minutemen, meanwhile, took advantage of several Pasadena Poly miscues, resulting in single runs in the first, second and fourth innings.

“We gave them those runs,” Ellis said.

“If not for those throwing mistakes, this game is all knotted up.”

“That’s baseball,” Maranatha coach Brian DeHaan said. “We talk about it every day. You have to take advantage and score runs when the chances are there.”

Erik Johnson went 2 for 3, and Schafer Chulay, Mark Jebbia and Beckwith each had a double for Maranatha. Jordan Kutzer, who struck out 10 in five innings, took the loss for the Panthers.

Tony Li connected on the first pitch for a single up the middle in the first inning. Daniel Rasmussen got to first on a throwing error to second, and Johnson singled to load the bases. A passed ball allowed Li to score to make it 1-0.

In the second, Matt Chavez connected on a 2-2 pitch for a single to center, reached second on a passed ball and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jay Cordero drew a walk and nearly got caught stealing second; what should have been a routine rundown turned into Cordero putting on a show by sliding under the tag at second base and allowing Chavez to score to make it 2-0.

Chulay’s double to left-center scored Beckwith in the fourth for the team’s third run.

“You gotta give Poly credit,” DeHaan said. “He struck us out (10) times, but Dylan did a phenomenal job.

“We had a couple key hits by some guys, and Danny (Beckwith) does exactly what we needed him to do.”

miguel.melendez@sgvn.com

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  • Big Fan

    I’d love to see him throw.

  • Grenade Gary

    Can you imagine being in high school and facing a kid who throws 95 mph. Crazy!

  • Anon

    The Poly kids are only going to get better having faced that type of pitcher. I feel even worse for the Prep League now, watch out come playoffs. Take the mistakes out and that’s a 1-0 ball game.

  • Miguel Melendez

    I came to find out after the game that Covey actually topped at 96 mph on Wednesday night. His season high is 97.

  • featherhead

    DC sits between 92-94 and has a mid to high 70′s hammer he throws for strikes. Imagine being with an ad count and having your ankles broken- different level stuff.

  • Anonymous

    Whew!whewwww! All Aboard! Next stop Covey Town…

    Saw him pitch last night against Poly and the kid is Great no doubt and the Pro Coaches will only make him better.

    But to put a little perspective on it that was Poly a Div VI team that doesn’t hit well against good pitching much less a 90′s Fastball.

    Monrovia had a Complete Game Shut-out 3-0 w/12K’s against them by their starter also.

  • Cats Fan

    With all the “Covey Coverage” Nobody Noticed!

    Jordan Kutzner had 13 K’s against Maranatha batters.

    Great Game Kid!

  • Anon

    10 k’s in 5 innings but still impressive work. Baxter struck out 3 in one inning of relief. Great pitching all around.

  • The Lance

    La Salle Beat Beckwith do u guys remember that? Maranatha isnt very good at all but ehrn Covey is on the mound they are nearly unbeatable.I wonder how a team like Bishop Amat (3rd in the state). It would be very interesting.

  • Fan

    No, I don’t remember that. Can’t find it in the stats either. He actually left with a lead that game, but La Salle did come back and win game 2. Beckwith’s actually been pretty lights out lately, as have the Minute Men since they went and won the Chino tourney, concluding with a big win over a good Damien team (and Covey barely pitched in that tourney).

  • 4Bagger

    Lancelot: You speaketh foolishness. Fan speaketh wisdom. Dylan is a special talent, but Maranatha has a great team with or without Dylan on the mound. In their last 5 games with guys pitching other than Dylan, they gave up less than 4 runs per game, and most of those games were against D-2 and D-3 teams.

    It would be fun to watch a game against Bishop Amat.

  • Anonymous

    4bagger:
    Have Dehane call La Salle to schedule another double header next year.

  • bottom line

    4Bagger:
    Have Dehane call La Salle to schedule another double header next year.

  • Just the facts

    4Bagger,

    Maranatha would play, and should play La Salle every year (Very fun rivalry). They should also get a shot at Monrovia, Arcadia, Temple City and St. Francis (If they would only schedule them). I’m betting that it will start to happen starting next year for at least some of them…Now that Covey and the most talented class Maranatha has had in years will be leaving.
    Unfortunately for those teams and players(thanks to their coaches), they will never be able to say, like Poly, San Marino and La Salle can, “We faced Dylan Covey”.

  • Realist

    The Lance is 100% correct. All Maranatha has is Covey. Once he comes out of the game its over.

  • Just the facts

    Realist –
    The common thing between you and The Lance is that you both comment before looking at the stats.
    Since you seem to be a bit confused or don’t know your way around the internet. Here’s a link to Maranatha’s stat page to help you find your way. It’s a site called Maxpreps. Have you ever heard of it?

    http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/2GCLmx3qwke24D6jl8BILg/maranatha-minutemen/baseball/stats.htm

    Come on dude…enough with the Maranatha jealousy..It’s really getting old.

  • Don’t hate on mHS

    That’s like saying all the Lakers have is Kobe….If you recall a couple nights ago it wasn’t Kobe who saved the Lakers from playing in a game 7 today…..

  • For the Love of the GAME

    to Just the facts and Don’t hate on mHS:

    I’ve been quiet lately, but this is tired already.

    Blah Blah Blah…Since we can’t change schedules, can we just drop it already? They didn’t play each other, the games would’ve been fun to watch but it’s getting old already thinking of what might have been.

    Honestly, you have to admit, with Dylan on the mound they are a different and better team. The defense, (60-errors??), and offense haven’t been very strong against competitive teams, and thankfully, not really needed with his pitching; he’s only allowed 19-hits.

    But to your point, if it’s not just a Dylan Covey team, why would anyone from MHS be worried without him there next year to pitch; shouldn’t they be just as good?

  • Anonymous

    Why does La Salle always have to mention themselves in blogs that have nothing to do with them? Do they not get that they have to do something to be talked about rather than trying to latch on to others who are winners

  • 4Bagger

    Dear For the Love of the Game (but not necessarily the truth). Why do you feel so compelled to rag on the other kids on Dylan’s team? That doesn’t sound like someone who loves the game – it sounds like a grump. Maranatha will miss Dylan, of course. He’s one of the best players in the country. Wouldn’t whatever team you root for or play on miss a guy like that? He is a special talent. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the team can’t play. They have won just as many games with or without Dylan on the mound. I haven’t heard anyone cowering in fear over life without Dylan, other than the fact that they will miss a hard-working, quality young man, and a good ballplayer and friend.

    By the way, stats can also be deceptive. How is it that in Maranatha’s box score in their double header against La Salle this year shows that both teams had 6 errors. Yet, in the La Salle’s stats, it shows that La Salle has had only 6 errors all season. Your batting averages and fielding percentages look pretty good when you score that way.

    I agree…it is all blah blah blah. Our focus should be on promoting a love for the game, and not on ways to chop down young athletes who are trying their best, experiencing success, and who genuinely love the game. And I’m not just speaking of Maranatha kids – that’s all of the quality teams we have in the SGV. We are blessed to live and play here, no?

  • Realist

    If it is stats you base your comparison off of, how about looking into them better yourself.

    Runs/game: Arcadia- 7.6 Marantha- 6.0
    Runs allowed/game: Arcadia- 2.2 Maranatha- 4.3
    Team Batting Avg.: Arcadia- .339 Maranatha- .309
    Extra BH/game: Arcadia- 2.2 Maranatha- 1.8
    Fielding Percentage: Arcadia- .953 Maranatha- .897
    ERA: Arcadia- 1.70 Maranatha- 2.02

    Now… Arcadia averages outscoring their opponents by 5.4 runs. Maranatha only averages outscoring them by 1.7.

    Maranatha’s losses (with records): Sylmar (12-11-1), Newbury Park (17-7), Golden Valley (10-11), Taft (14-9), La Salle (9-12), Paraclete (10-9), San Marino (10-11), Lakeside (9-11-1)

    Arcadia’s losses (with records): Northview (14-4-1), Alhambra (18-4), Glendora (18-2-1)

    Last but not least, while Maranatha can steal bases off subpar Division V catchers, try running on an outstanding Division II catcher like Lucas, who has thrown out 10 of the 14 runners who have tried to steal on him… runners are only successful 28.6% of the time.

    There are the stats for you. Enough said.

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