Healdsburg Thwarts Blues Rally with Ninth Inning Win

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Updated: June 9, 2018

June 9, 2018

San Luis Obispo, CA
Dane Tofteland (Indiana State) walked with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, stole second base and scored on a single by Cole Brodnansky, his third consecutive single in the game, to ruin a late-inning comeback as the Healdsburg Prune Packers beat the San Luis Obispo Blues 8-7 today at Sinsheimer Park. Trailing 7-4 heading into their half of the eighth inning, the Blues got consecutive singles by Luc Lipcius (Tennessee) and Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) to get things started. An error, three walks and two pitching changes later, San Luis had scored three times and tied the score 7-7. Chrit Rudkin (Montevallo), who was the third Healdsburg pitcher inserted into the game in the eighth inning, got the final out in the eighth and then retired three in a row in the ninth, all on groundouts and an outing-total of ten pitches to earn the win. Chase Gardner (UConn), last year’s CCL Pitcher of the Year, started on the mound for Healdsburg, recording four strikeouts in three-plus innings, before turning pitching duties over to Henrik Reinertsen (Pacific), who matched Gardner’s strikeout and innings pitched totals. Both pitchers were vulnerable for one inning, however, as Gardner got saddled with three runs earned in the fourth inning, surrendering back-to-back doubles by Conagher Sands (Cal Poly) and Lipcius to lead off the inning, a walk and getting two fly ball outs before being replaced by Reinertsen. Jay Charleston (Tennessee) welcomed Reinertsen to the game with a single and Auston Chastain (Fresno St) followed with a two-run double. The four-run fourth inning put the Blues back in the game after trailing 5-0 as the Packers scored five times in the second inning on four singles, a hit batsmen, a fielder’s choice and one walk. Healdsburg scored twice more in the sixth inning on an RBI-double by Sam Wezniak (Cal) and a run-scoring groundout to make the score 7-4, setting up the Blues’ eighth inning three-run rally and Brodnansky’s game-winning hit. Healdsburg’s Kevin Sandri (Pacific) finished with a game-high three hits.

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Elsewhere in the CCL today:

Fullerton, CA
Austin Sojka (Ok Wesylan) went four-for-five with three RBI, Steve Curry (Georgia Southern) had a pair of doubles, a single and two RBI and four pitchers combined to throw a two-hit shutout as the Orange County Riptide blanked the Southern California Catch 9-0 today at Fullerton College. Colin Townsend (St. Louis), Doug Magee, Corey Dawson (Westmont College) and Zach Bromstead (Mt. SAC) allowed only two singles, both by Kristian Franklin (Grambling St), and only allowed a total of seven baserunners while striking out a combined four batters. The Riptide jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Sojka drove in Curry, who had led off the inning with his first double, with a two-out RBI-single. Orange County took advantage of a pair of Catch errors to score two times in the third inning, and twice more in the fourth inning when Sojka drove in two more with a two-out single. The Riptide put the game out of reach by scoring four runs in the seventh inning, twice scoring on a Sojka double, and once when Thomas Delgadilo drove in Sojka with a double of his own.

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Compton, CA
Brandon Lewis (UC Irvine) hit an two-out, RBI-single in the top of the eleventh inning to drive in Tanner Wright (Cal Lutheran), who had led off the inning with a bunt single, with the go-ahead run, and John Vergara struck out the side in the bottom of the inning as the Conejo Oaks beat the Academy Barons today 8-7 at the MLB Urban Youth Academy. Vergara, who entered the game to pitch in the eleventh, earned the save while Angus Denton (Arkansas) picked up the win by tossing three scoreless innings, striking out three, after entering the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, just after Wright had tied the score at 7-7 with an RBI-double, one of his three hits on the game. Conejo had jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Ramon Gomez (Oxnard College) in the first inning, but that only lasted until the third inning when Joshua Banuelos (Peru St) drove in the Barons first run with an RBI-single to tie the score. Both teams then matched four-run rallies in the fourth inning. A two-out, two-run home run by Elijah Alexander (Rio Grande Valley) was the big hit for the Oaks, a two-out double by Banuelos, who also had a game-high three hits, and a two-out, two-run single by Logan Pollack (Michigan) were the big hits for the Barons. The Academy took a 7-5 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Andrew Wilson (Marymount-NAIA) and Roosevelt Barnes (Morehouse College) both singled and scored, and the Oaks answered with one run in the top of the sixth when Michael Tillman (Cal St LA) singled and scored to set up Wright’s double in the eighth to send the game into extra innings. Kyle Salley (Duke) had four strikeouts in three innings of relief for Barons starting pitcher Spencer Hereford (Dominguez Hills) who went four innings, before turning pitching duties over to Ryan Hare (UNLV) who pitched the final four innings and was pinned with the loss.

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