Pitching Rules in Saints, Foresters, Riptide Wins; Walks Rule for Potters, Mudcats

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Updated: July 7, 2019

July 6, 2019
Thousand Oaks, CA

Eli Riechmann (Blinn), Justin Kleinsorge (Regis), Isaiah Ramos (Antelope Valley JC) and Zach Griggs (San Antonio) retired 15 straight batters to complete a combined five-hit, one-run pitching performance and lead the Arroyo Seco Saints to a 4-1 win over the Conejo Oaks today at Sparky Anderson Field. The dominant ending by the Saints’ pitchers topped the early frustrations the Conejo offense had against Riechmann, who started the game for Arroyo Seco, allowed baserunners in every inning, including the leadoff batter in four of his five-inning start, but shut down any chance the Oaks had of forming a rally. Riechmann surrendered a leadoff single in the first inning to Gabe Baldovino (Ventura JC) but retired the next three batters in a row to hold the Oaks scoreless. He did the same in the fourth and fifth innings when the leadoff hitters reached base on a walk and a hit batter and retired three of four in the second inning to pitch around a two-out single by Raul Sandoval (Oxnard CC). Only in the third inning, when Tyker Odekirk (Cal St LA) and Baldovino hit consecutive singles to leadoff the inning did Riechmann surrender a run, on a sacrifice fly, and even then he retired the last three batters of the inning to limit the damage. Kleinsorge’s outing, which started in the sixth inning and last two and two-thirds innings, was even cleaner that Riechmann’s. Kleinsorge retired eight straight batters, erasing the only batter to reach base safely by inducing an inning-ending double play in the seventh inning. Ramos, who relieved Kleinsorge with two outs in the eighth inning, and Griggs kept the trend going by retiring the last four batters in a row to close out the win. Jacob Flores (San Diego St) started on the mound for Conejo and allowed two runs, one unearned, on three hits while striking out four in four and a third innings of work. Flores threw three scoreless innings before a one-out walk, a single and two Oaks errors gave the Saints a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Peyton Ebel (Greensboro), who relieved Flores with one out in the fifth inning, surrendered the other two Saints runs in the sixth when Thomas Luevano (San Diego), Jayson Gonzalez (Vanderbilt) and Nikolas Pagan (Hartford) all hit singles to plate two. Reece Matheisen (Glendale JC), Kyle Nicol (Cal Poly) and Clay Rickerman (Cal Lutheran) each pitched a scoreless inning for the Oaks, allowing one hit between them, to hold Arroyo Seco scoreless the rest of the way, but the damage was already done.

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Elsewhere around the CCL today:

Santa Barbara, CA

Luke Taggert (Incarnate Word) and five relievers stranded eleven runners on base and threw eight shutout innings, Spencer Jones (Vanderbilt) and Christian Franklin (Arkansas) each hit RBI-doubles and Connor Pavolony (Tennessee) and Tevin Tucker (West Virginia) each doubled and scored to lead the Santa Barbara Foresters to a 3-2 win over the San Luis Obispo Blues tonight at Pershing Park. Taggert started on the mound for Santa Barbara and scattered five hits and struck out three in his four shutout innings, allowing one hit in every inning, two in the second, to strand four baserunners. With the one walk he issued, Taggert allowed a total of six baserunners but one was erased caught stealing and the other was the front end of a double-play. By the time Taggert left the Foresters were leading 1-0, having scored one run in the second inning on back-to-back two-out doubles by Pavolony and Jones. Drake Greenwood (Rice) relived Taggert to start the fifth inning and retired three of four batters to strand one and Caden Monke (Arkansas) stranded three in the sixth after an error, a single and a walk loaded the bases with two outs. It wasn’t until the seventh inning, when Brock Helverson (West Virgina) came in to pitch for the Foresters and issued three walks and the Blues got a bunt single, did San Luis manage to reach home plate, scoring once when a walk forced in a run and a second time on a sacrifice fly. But even then the Blues stranded baserunners. Elijah Trest (Arkansas), who relieved Helverson with no outs and one run in in the seventh, retired the three hitters he faced in the seventh to strand two baserunners in scoring position, and then went on to retire three of four in the eighth, with two strikeouts, to strand one more. Hunter Breualt (Oregon) did not strand anybody in the ninth, however, retiring all three batters he faced to close out the Santa Barbara win. Mitchell Scott (Cal), who was the starting pitcher tonight for the Blues and struck out seven in his five-inning stint, held Santa Barbara to that early 1-0 lead until the fifth inning when a one-out error put a runner on base, a Franklin single put runners on the corners and a wild pitch made the score 2-0. Evan Ingram (Hendrix), who relieved Scott, pitched a scoreless sixth inning before surrendering the Foresters’ third run when Tucker led off the seventh inning with his double and Franklin drove him in one out later with what proved to be the winning run. Gabe Constantine (Rio Grande Valley) retired three straight in the eighth inning to finish on the mound for San Luis.

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Compton, CA

Blake Evans (Georgia Southern) hit a two-run triple, and relief pitchers Sean Higgins (Columbia), Trey Lipscomb (Tennessee) and Marrick Crouse retired 15 of the last 18 batters of the game without surrendering a hit to secure a one-run advantage and lead the Orange County Riptide to a 5-4 win over the Academy Barons tonight at the MLB Youth Academy. Evans’ triple, and the run he scored thereafter on a sacrifice fly, capped a three-run fourth inning that gave the Riptide its first lead of the game. Orange County had scored first in the game when three walks and an Eric Bigani (UNLV) single in the first inning gave them a 1-0 lead, but the Barons scored twice in their half of the first on three two-out hits, including a two-run double by Logan Pollack (Michigan), and once in the third on a Christian Lucio (Eastern Kentucky) two-out single, to lead 3-1 heading into the fourth. But Brandon Mitchell (New Orleans), who started on the mound for the Barons and struck out four in his four innings of work, walked the first two batters he faced in the fourth and, after striking out one, Evans hit his triple to tie it and then scored the go-ahead run. From that point forward the four Orange County relievers dominated the game. Higgins, who relieved starter Wes Engle (Texas St) with one out in the third inning, pitched around a single in both the fourth and fifth innings to hold the Barons at bay and Lipscomb retired three straight in the sixth to start the relievers performance. Then, after both teams traded unearned runs in the seventh without the benefit of a hit, the Riptide scoring after a walk, a stolen base and a two-base error and the Barons scoring after a batter reached base on an error and advanced on a wild pitch and a passed ball to score on a run-producing groundout, Crouse retired six of the last seven batters of the game, three via strikeouts, to close out the win. Noah Owen, who relieved Mitchell to start the fifth inning, threw two and two thirds innings for the Barons, allowing the one unearned run in the seventh and one hit, and JP Massey (Minnesota) threw the last two and a third innings hitless with two strikeouts to finish on the mound for the Academy.

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Healdsburg, CA

The Lincoln Potters took advantage of seven walks and three hit batters and got a pair of big two-run hits from Matt Lopez and Zach Arnold (Oregon) to spoil a three home run performance by the Healdsburg Prune Packers and win 13-10 tonight at Recreation Park. The seven batters who walked and scored tonight for the Potters, from among the total ten they received, and the three hit batters that scored, from a total of four, was the difference in the game tonight. Lincoln scored four runs in their first at bat and, although they got three singles from Isaiah Garcia (Cal St Fullerton), Alex Schroeder (Folsom JC) and Lorenzo Debrecht (Sierra JC) to plate their first, two walks and a hit batter scored the other three. They used a leadoff walk and a single to put runners on in the third inning in front of Arnold’s two-run single to score twice more, used two hit batters and a walk to load the bases and score four times in the seventh, a walk and a double by Tanner O’Tremba (Texas Tech) to score twice in the eighth when Lopez drove in two, and a walk, another Lopez single and a passed ball to score their last in the ninth. The free passes gave Lincoln the lead early, but after Healdsburg scored once in the first inning on a Cal Conley (Texas Tech) leadoff home run and seven times in the second on a Travis Turney (Portland) three-run home run, an RBI-double by Bryan Sturges (UTSA), a Cam Blake (Texas A&M) single and three walks and a hit batter, the Potters used the free passes to get back into the game and then to take the game. Lincoln’s starting pitcher Travis Parker (Utah Valley), after enduring the second inning, held the Packers scoreless in the third and fourth innings, and Kyle Stout held them scoreless in the fifth and sixth with four strikeouts before surrendering one run in seventh when Cole Stilwell (Texas Tech) hit a solo home run. Tyler Mead (Biola) then pitched the eighth and ninth innings for Lincoln to close out the win, surrendering one run when Sturges led off the eighth with his second double of the game and scored out one later on a sacrifice fly.

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Fairfield, CA

The Solano Mudcats took advantage of five walks and a hit batter to generate six runs in the fifth inning, getting a two-out two-run single by Josh Medina (Sonoma St) to break open a 4-1 ballgame and go on to beat the San Francisco Seals 14-3 today at Vanden High. The five walks in the fifth inning were from among the eleven Solano received in the game, eight of which scored. The free passes extended innings and set the table for run-producing hits, but they didn’t happen until the second half of the game, and that is when the Mudcats blew the game open. After the Seals scored first when Robert Lujan (Cal St East Bay) led off the game with a triple and scored on a Jackson Hall (Los Medanos JC) single, the Mudcats hit their way into the lead, scoring twice in their half of the first inning when Isaiah Varrett (UC Davis) led off with a double, Wesley Galloway (Sterling) reached on an error and a run-producing groundout and an RBI-single by Justin Banks (Coppin St) made the score 2-1. They hit their way to two more runs in the fourth inning when Angelo Zorn (Occidental) and Adam Chadwick hit a single and double, respectively, to lead off the inning, scoring on a passed ball and an RBI-groundout. Then the walks started coming and the lead expanded. Sonny Brandwood, who started on the mound for the Seals and struck out four over three innings and allowed two runs on three hits, only walked the first of the eleven issued by the San Francisco pitchers. It was after he left the game that the walks came and when the lead expanded. After Solano scored six in the fifth inning, they took advantage of two walks, two hit batters and another Zorn single to plate two more in the sixth, and the two batters who walked in the seventh scored on an RBI-double by Jason Pridy (Solano JC) and an RBI-single by Hunter Dorraugh (Sac St) in the eighth to finish their scoring. Nate Freeman (UC Davis) started on the mound today for Solano and struck out five over six innings of work, allowing one run on four hits to pick up the win. Edgar Aqui (Solano JC) pitched a scoreless seventh and Ben Aguigui (Holy Names) pitched a scoreless eighth before surrendering an RBI-single to Lujan and an RBI-double Donny Bendo, his second double of the game, in the ninth to finish the game.

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