Blues Sweep Barons; Potters Sweep Mudcats

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Updated: July 14, 2019

July 14, 2019
San Luis Obispo, CA

Taison Corio (Delta JC) hit a two-run triple, Hunter Swift (Oral Roberts) hit a two-run double and added a third RBI, and Kyle Richardson (Texas A&M) struck out five in a five-inning start to lead the San Luis Obispo Blues to an 8-3 win over the Academy Barons today at Sinsheimer Park. Corio’s triple started the scoring in the game, coming with no outs in the bottom of the first inning and driving in Ford Sherrington (Hendrix), who had hit a leadoff single, and Swift, who had walked. Corio then scored on a wild pitch and San Luis had a lead they would not give up. Swift drove in two more runs in the second inning with a bases loaded double to give the Blues, who swept the four-game series against the Barons with this win, five unanswered runs to open the game. Richardson started on the mound for San Luis and held the Academy scoreless for two innings, striking out two, before the Barons hit four consecutive singles to open the third inning to score two runs, Maxwell Dias (New Orleans) driving in two with a bases loaded single. Richardson retired the next three batters in the third inning to escape further damage and then retired six of the next seven batters he faced, four by strikeout, to finish his five-inning stint. The Blues answered the Barons runs in the third inning with one of their own in the bottom half when Nick Hansen (Grand Canyon) hit an RBI-single, and then added two more in the fourth when Brian Klein (Texas Tech) hit a two-out, two-run double to make the score 8-2. Derek True (Cal Poly) was the first reliever into the game for San Luis, starting the sixth inning in relief of Richardson and surrendered the third Barons’ run when Kendall Ewell (Eastern Kentucky) hit a run-scoring single with no outs, but True retired the next three batters he faced, two by strikeout, to limit any rally from forming before Connor Wilford came on to pitch the last three innings. Wilford retired nine of the eleven batters he faced, striking out three, to secure the Blues’ win. Julian Jackson (Eastern Kentucky) started on the mound for the Academy and suffered the loss, allowing five runs on four hits while striking out five over two innings. Larry Barrabino III (Southern) pitched the third and fourth innings, surrendering the last three Blues runs and striking out two, AJ Stinson (Lawson State JC) pitched an inning and a third, Christian Poche (New Orleans) finished the sixth inning in relief of Stinson and stuck out one, and Noah Owen pitched the last two innings, striking out four, to finish on the mound for the Barons.

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Santa Barbara, CA

Quentin Selma (Cal) had three hits and drove in three runs, Zach Presno (Fresno St) had two hits and three RBI and Jacob Katzfey (Wichita St) hit a two-run double to lead the Santa Barbara Foresters to a 9-4 win over the Orange County Riptide today at Pershing Park. Selma and Katzfey hit RBI-doubles and Presno hit a run-scoring single to generate four runs in the first inning to give the Foresters a lead they would not give up. Brooks Fuller (Auburn), who was the staring pitcher tonight for Santa Barbara, made that 4-0 lead stick through three and two-third scoreless innings, striking out three, until three consecutive Riptide singles with two outs in the third inning, the last an RBI-single by Blake Faddoul (Santa Clara), got Orange County on the board. Ryan Cash (Oral Roberts) hit an RBI-single in the bottom of the fourth inning to up the Foresters lead back to four, but the Riptide scored twice again in the fifth inning when the first two batters of the inning reached base on a hit batter and an error and both scored, first on a wild pitch and then on a sacrifice fly to score two without the benefit of a hit. And that was the end of the scoring for Orange County. Clayton Beeter (Texas Tech) came on to start the sixth inning for Santa Barbara in relief of Fuller and struck out two in a scoreless inning of work, Brad Demco struck out three in a scoreless seventh and Hunter Breault (Oregon) pitched the last two innings scoreless to secure the Foresters’ win. Santa Barbara added four runs to their total in the fifth inning with four consecutive one-out hits, including a Presno two-run single, and a run-producing groundout, and added one in the sixth when Selma’s third hit of the game plated their ninth run. The first eight Foresters runs were charged to Riptide starting pitcher Tanner King who surrendered 12 hits while striking out six over four and a third innings to suffer the loss. Sean Higgins (Columbia), who relieved King with one out in the fifth inning and retired the next two batters, surrendered the last Santa Barbara run in the sixth before Nick Jones (Georgia Southern) took over with one out in the inning and struck out two on either side of Selma’s RBI-hit. Trey Lipscomb (Tennessee) pitched the last two innings scoreless, striking out two, to finish on the mound for the Riptide.

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Thousand Oaks, CA

Andy Garriola (Old Dominion) had two hits and two RBI, Pete Derkay (Tennessee) had two hits, including an RBI-double, and Jacob Wyeth (Cisco JC) doubled and hit an RBI-single to lead the Arroyo Seco Saints to 10-3 win over the Conejo Oaks today at Sparky Anderson Field. Garriola’s two run-generating singles came in consecutive two-out at bats in the fourth and fifth innings, the later capping the scoring for the Oaks by driving in the team’s tenth run of the game and giving Conejo a 10-1 lead. The Oaks had actually scored first in this game when Nico Lima (Oxnard CC) doubled to lead off the bottom of the first inning, was sacrificed to third and scored on a sacrifice fly, but that was the last scoring they would do until their final at bat in the ninth. In the meantime, Arroyo Seco would score four times in the second inning on two hits, two errors and a sacrifice fly, three times on four hits in the fourth when Garriola got his first RBI and Derkay hit his RBI-double, and three more times in the fifth when Evan Russell (Tennessee) doubled, three walks forced in a run and Garriola’s second RBI-hit and a sacrifice fly plated two more. Michael Garza (Incarnate Word) started on the mound today for Arroyo Seco and, after surrendering the leadoff double to Lima, retired eight of the nine batters he faced in his three-inning start, three by strikeout. Isaiah Ramos (Antelope Valley JC) started the fourth in relief of Garza and held the Oaks scoreless over the next three innings, striking out four, including all three outs in the sixth inning. Race Gardner (Hawaii-Hilo) and Drew Atherton (Cal Poly Pomona) each pitched another scoreless inning before Justin Kleinsorge (Regis) took over in the ninth and surrendered the two other Oaks runs when Tyler Odekirk (Cal St LA) tripled to lead off the inning and three consecutive singles and a bases loaded walk plated two. Kleinsorge retired the next three batters after the walk, however, to finish out the Saints win. Travis Weston (Boise St) started on the mound for Conejo and suffered the loss, allowing four runs on three hits while striking out two over three innings of work.

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Lincoln, CA

Matt Lopez homered and hit a two-run double, Zach Arnold (Oregon) had two hits, including a two-run home run and Grant Burton had two hits and two RBI to lead the Lincoln Potters to an 11-8 win over the Solano Mudcats today at McBean Stadium that gave the Potters a four-game sweep of the Mudcats and their seventh win in eight meetings between the two teams this season. Trailing 2-0 after Solano scored two times on four hits, including a two-out RBI-triple by Christian Harkey (Savannah State), in the first inning, Lopez’ home run to lead off the second got the Potters to within one only for a short time as Solano added two more runs in the top of the third inning when Josh Medina (Sonoma State) doubled in a run and scored on a run-producing groundout. Solano, in fact, led for most of the game today, scoring another run in the fifth inning when Nick Pfifer (Cal Poly Pomona) hit a two-out RBI-single, and three times in the seventh when Medina collected two RBI with his fourth hit of the game and scored for the third time one-out later on a sacrifice fly. At this spot in the game Solano had an 8-4 lead, Lincoln having scored twice in the fifth inning when Arnold hit his home run, and once in the sixth when Burton doubled and scored on a Bryce Beauchamp (Chico State) RBI-single. The Potters took over the lead by scoring six times in the bottom of the seventh inning, getting a two-run double by Lopez and a two-run single by Burton to generate four of the runs, and a sacrifice fly and an error to score the other two. Tanner O’Tremba (Texas Tech) capped the scoring with a solo home run for Lincoln in the eighth. Cade Farr (Texas Tech) started on the mound for Lincoln and allowed five runs on nine hits over six innings before Michael Potter (Cal St Monterey Bay) relieved him to start the seventh. Potter failed to record an out in his outing, surrendering the last three Mudcats runs on three hits before turning the pitching duties over to Travis Parker (Utah Valley) who retired three straight batters, one by strikeout, to escape further damage in the seventh, and then retired three of four, two by strikeout, to pitch a scoreless eighth to earn the win. Blake Hearn (Sierra JC) then struck out three of four batters in the ninth to close out the win, surrendering only a two out double to Harkey, his second of the game and, with his first inning triple, his third extra base hit of the game. Caleb Hill (Savannah State), the starting pitcher for Solano, allowed ten runs on ten hits while striking out one over six and a third innings to suffer the loss. Nik Dodson pitched the last inning and two thirds for Solano and allowed one run on O’Tremba’s home run with one strikeout.

Prior to today’s game the Mudcats and Potters resumed the game from last night that was suspended in the tenth inning with the score tied 8-8 due to the fireworks curfew at McBean Stadium. The Potters won this game in walk off fashion when, in the bottom of the eleventh inning, Zach Bushling hit a leadoff single, was sacrificed to second base and scored on an RBI-single by Jordyn Berry (Cochise JC). Tyler Gums (Long Beach State) retired Solano in order in both the tenth and eleventh innings to pick up the win.

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