Saints Capitalize On Miscues to Post 6-2 Win

Updated: June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018

Pasadena, CA
The Arroyo Seco Saints strung together four singles and took advantage of two errors to break out of a 2-2 tie game and scored four times in the seventh inning en route to a 6-2 win over the Orange County Riptide tonight at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Brennan McKenzie (Cal Poly Pomona) and Tristan Peterson hit consecutive singles to start the seventh inning, and when Jacob Jenkins (MidAm Nazarene) laid down a bunt to sacrifice both runners into scoring position, an error on the play allowed McKenzie to score the go ahead run. Two more singles, both for RBI, by Bennett McCaskill (Dartmouth) and John Thomas (USC) and a another error plated three more runs to give the Saints their winning margin. Joey Steele (USF), who had come in to pitch for the Saints in the top of the seventh and struck out three straight, had two more strikeouts in the eighth inning to earn the win before handing the pitching duties off to Reed Osborn (Howard JC) who closed out the ninth inning.
Josh Nicoloff (Columbia) hit a solo home run in third inning to give Orange County a 1-0 lead, but that was brief as Arroyo Seco answered in the bottom of the inning when Drew Cowley (Cal Poly Pomona) singled, advanced to third on an error and scored on an infield grounder. The Riptide took the lead again in the sixth inning when Mason McWhorter (Georgia Southern) doubled and scored on a single by Daniel Zimmerman (Michigan), but again it was a short-lived lead, as the Saints answered right back in the bottom half when Thomas hit a lead-off double and scored on a Colin Shepherd (Miami-Ohio) single to tie the score 2-2. Thomas finished with a game-high three hits.

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