Staff photos by Tom Kelly IV Great Valley pitcher Colin Duclos (6) throws a pitch during the West Chester Henderson at Great Valley baseball game,
Staff photos by Tom Kelly IV Great Valley pitcher Colin Duclos (6) throws a pitch during the West Chester Henderson at Great Valley baseball game, Wednesday afternoon April 2, 2014. (Tom Kelly IV)

By PETER DiGIOVANNI

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EAST WHITELAND- The Great Valley baseball team took another large step to gaining some much deserved respect in the Ches-Mont League. A largely inexperienced group won its fourth straight Ches-Mont game against no losses Wedensday afternoon with an 8-3 rout of West Chester Henderson.

Great Valley (4-0 Ches-Mont, 5-0 overall) banged out 13 hits, fielded the ball flawlessly and got a complete-game gem from Colin Duclos to throttle the Warriors (2-1, 2-1) on a much needed sunny afternoon."That is my game on the mound, I am not overpowering, but I mix up my pitches and try to keep the ball low,' Duclos said. "And us getting those four runs in the first inning really helped me on the mound.'

Staff photos by Tom Kelly IV Henderson’s catcher Brad Patton (2) puts the tag on Great Valley’s Austin Lenker (19) who is thrown out at the
Staff photos by Tom Kelly IV Henderson's catcher Brad Patton (2) puts the tag on Great Valley's Austin Lenker (19) who is thrown out at the plate on a hit to the outfield during the West Chester Henderson at Great Valley baseball game, Wednesday afternoon April 2, 2014. (Tom Kelly IV)

Those four first inning runs came against sophomore starter Jason McMahon, who gave up five hits in the first inning. Jake Miller, Dylan Nicklaus and Tommy Allen all banged out singles, with Allen's briniging in a run. Then, Allan Barry laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to plate the second run.

After Jack Nonnemacher was hit by a pitch, Austin Lenker drilled a two-run double to left-center field and a big 4-0 cushion.

Henderson came back in the top of the second inning and used a two-run double from Brad Patton to cut the lead to 4-2, but it was basically all Duclos would give up on the day.

Nicklaus roped an RBI single in the second inning off McMahon for the first of two runs in the inning for an 6-2 lead. Nicklaus reached base every time he came to the plate, garnering three hits and a walk."We work hard every day in practice and we just try to win every inning,' Nicklaus said. "We don't want to be known as the best team, we just like to play hard every game and we take a lot of pride in what we do. We have everybody up in the dugout and we are all into the game.'

Staff photos by Tom Kelly IV Great Valley’s D’Angelo Brown (21) slides safely into third base under the tag of Henderson’s Dave Reitman
Staff photos by Tom Kelly IV Great Valley's D'Angelo Brown (21) slides safely into third base under the tag of Henderson's Dave Reitman (10) during the West Chester Henderson at Great Valley baseball game, Wednesday afternoon April 2, 2014. (Tom Kelly IV)

Great Valley chased McMahon in the second, and tacked on two more run in the bottom of the third to put the game away. Lenker (3-for-4) led off with a sharp single to center against reliever Matt Persick. After Joe Leonetti struck out, Connor Agnew roped a single. D'Angelo Brown reached first on a Persick throwing error and after Jake Miller struck out for the second out, Nicklaus drilled his third hit of the day, a sharp two run RBI single to put the Warriors back on their heels.

Duclos struck out six while walking none and over the last three innings, held Henderson to just one hit. On the day, Duclos allowed six hits and was in command with his curveball for the entire game."Colin pitched very well today for us,' Great Valley coach Matt Schultz said. "And we hit the ball well, and Dylan Nicklaus had a good day. He is a hard worker and a very coachable kid. We just have to get ready for Rustin (today) and hopefully keep getting better.'

Henderson coach Luke McNichol had plenty of praise for the Patriots' effort."That is the best team we have seen this year,' McNichol said. "They really swung the bats today and they fielded the ball well and pitched well. They are going to be tough to beat this year.'

Great Valley 8, West Chester Henderson 3HENDERSON ab r h bi GV ab r h bi

Feola 2b 3 0 0 0 Miller cf 4 1 1 0

Miller lf 3 0 0 0 Nicklaus ss 3 2 3 3

Reitman 3b 2 0 0 0 Allen 2b 4 1 2 1

Pugliese ph 1 0 0 0 Barry 3b 3 0 1 2

McCabe ss 1 0 0 0 Nonnemacher rf 3 1 0 0

Davis ss 2 0 0 0 Duclos p 0 0 0 0

Liero 1b 3 2 3 0 Lenker dh 4 1 3 2

Lorback cf 3 1 2 0 Leonetti c 4 0 2 0

McMahon p 0 0 0 0 Rubin pr 0 0 0 0

Persick p 0 0 0 0 Agnew 1b 3 1 1 0

Jones dh 2 0 0 0 Brown lf 2 1 0 0

Patton c 2 0 1 3

Roberts rf 1 0 0 0

McKeighan rf 2 0 0 0

Hill ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 26 3 6 3 Totals 30 8 13 8

W.C. Henderson 020 100 0-3

Great Valley 422 000 x-8

2B- Lenker, Lorback, Patton.

W.C. Henderson IP R H BB SO

McMahon, L 1.1 6 7 0 0

Persick 1.2 2 3 0 1

Lorback 1.1 0 2 2 1

McGeighan .2 0 0 0 0

Reitman 1 0 1 0 0

Great Valley

Duclos, W 7 3 6 0 6