Baldovino, Castro, Yamashiro HRs Pace Oaks; Presno, Bellafronto HRs Lead Santa Barbara; Pridy HR Highlights Mudcats Win

Updated: July 21, 2019

July 21, 2019
San Luis Obispo, CA

The Orange County Riptide hit safely in only two innings, were retired in order in seven and struck out eleven times but still managed to beat the San Luis Obispo Blues today 4-3 at Sinsheimer Park, thanks to a four-run second inning and the stingy pitching of Tanner King. The Riptide got four hits and two hit batters in their four-run second inning today, generating all their runs with two outs on a two-run error and RBI-singles by Carson Matthews (BYU) and Max Ferguson (Tennessee). Other than a Chad Crosbie (Miami) two-out single in the eighth inning, the Orange County batters were retired in order throughout the rest of the game. The four runs of support were enough for King, who started on the mound for the Riptide, and four relievers. King retired the first seven hitters he faced in order, assisted by a runner being caught stealing, before a Brady Lindsly (Oklahoma) single and a Julian Bury (Columbia) double in the third inning put two runners in scoring position with one out for the Blues. King struck out one and got a groundball out to finish the inning scoreless and retired the side in order in the fourth before surrendering the only run of his outing in the fifth when two singles and an RBI-groundout got San Luis on the board. Noah Walker (Texas State) was the first reliever into the game for Orange County, starting the sixth inning in relief of King and allowing one run after a walk and an error put a runner in scoring position and Tanner Lindsley (Oral Roberts) hit a single to plate the Blues second run. Walker then picked off a runner for the second out in the inning and struck out the last batter to avoid further damage. Cole Samuels (St. Louis) pitched the seventh inning and surrendered the third San Luis run unearned when a two-base error and a Bury RBI-single made it a one-run game, but Andrew Davis and Ryan Sublette (Texas Tech) combined to pitch the eighth inning scoreless, stranding two base runners who had reached base via walks and were sacrificed into scoring position when Davis struck out one batter and, after a pitching change, Sublette struck out another. Sublette then retired the side in order in the ninth to close out the win. Mitchell Scott (Cal) started on the mound for San Luis and was perfect except for the second inning, finishing with eight strikeouts in his six-inning start. Braeden Gowdy was near perfect over his three innings in relief of Scott, allowing only one baserunner when Crosbie got his hit in the eighth, and finished with three strikeouts.

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Healdsburg, CA

Josh Medina (Sonoma State) hit three singles and drove in four runs, Jason Pridy (Solano JC) hit a two-run home run, a single and scored three times, and Wellington Balsley (Solano JC) had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Solano Mudcats to a 13-9 win over the Healdsburg Prune Packers today at Recreation Park. Medina’s three run-scoring hits and Pridy’s home run highlighted big innings for the Mudcats, who scored runs in bunches in this game. They scored three times in the second inning when Angelo Zorn (Occidental) hit an RBI-single in front of Pridy’s homer, three times in the third when Medina and Balsley drove in runs and a passed ball plated another, four times in the seventh on another Medina single, a Balsley sacrifice fly, a wild pitch and a bases loaded walk, and three times in the ninth when Medina drove in two with his third single and Adam Chadwick drove in one with a single. The Solano 15-hit attack overshadowed the 14-hit performance of the Packers which included three-hit performances by Jason Dicochea (Santa Clara) and Travis Turney (Portland), and the two-hit games by Cal Conley (Texas Tech) and Joe Lampe (UC Davis). Caleb Hill (Savannah State) started on the mound for the Mudcats and earned the win, allowing eight runs on 13 hits over six innings before turning the pitching duties over to Eric Walduchik (Willamette), who picked up the save with his three innings of work, allowing one run on one hit. Shamus Lyons (UC Riverside) was the starting pitcher for Healdsburg and went three and third innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and did not figure in the decision. Griffin Hattingh was the second reliever into the game for the Packers and suffered the loss, allowing three runs on three walks and one hit in relief of Jack Hinrichsen (Cal) who pitched two and two-thirds in relief of Lyons, allowing one run on one hit while striking out three.

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Santa Barbara, CA

Zach Presno (Fresno State) hit an RBI-triple and a two-run home run, Nick Bellafronto (Stanford) hit a double and a solo home run, Christian Franklin (Arkansas) had three hits and drove in two, and Blake Hall (Oral Roberts) had three hits, including a three-run double to lead the Santa Barbara Foresters to a 15-2 rout of the Academy Barons today at Pershing Park. The 18-hit Foresters attack was balanced in this game as the team scored runs in six of their eight at bats, starting in the first inning when Presno’s triple and an RBI-single by Spencer Jones (Vanderbilt) gave Santa Barbara a 2-0 lead. The Foresters scored four two-out runs in the second when an error plate one run, Franklin’s first hit plated another and Presno hit his home run, and then blew the game open with four more two-out runs in the third when Hall cleared the bases with his three-run double and Franklin got his second consecutive two-out RBI-single. All of this run support benefitted Foresters starting pitcher Brooks Fuller (Auburn) who did his part by shutting out the Barons over his five-inning start, allowing two singles while striking out six. By the time Cole Quintanilla (Texas) took over pitching for Fuller to start the sixth, Santa Barbara had extended their lead to 13-0, scoring once in the fourth inning when Bellafronto hit his home run and twice in the fifth when Jacob Katzfey (Wichita State) hit a two-run single, again with two outs. Quintanilla retired six of the seven batters he faced in his two-inning appearance, striking out three and surrendering one single to Marcus Johnson (Santa Ana JC), who had two of the Barons five hits in the game. Drake Greenwood (Rice) pitched the eighth inning, allowing the Academy’s two runs on a sacrifice fly and a Kendall Ewell (Eastern Kentucky) RBI-single, and Brock Helverson (West Virginia) retired the side in order in the ninth to finish the win for the Foresters. David Appleby (Michigan) was the starting pitcher for the Academy and suffered the loss, allowing ten runs on ten hits over three innings before Noel Soto (Long Beach CC) took over in the fourth and allowed three runs on five hits while striking out three over three innings. Cristian Poche (New Orleans) pitched the last two innings for the Barons and surrendered the last two Santa Barbara runs unearned when the Foresters scored two runs after an error extended the inning, get one run on a fielder’s choice and one on a Tommy Holguin (Santa Barbara CC) two-out single.

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Thousand Oaks, CA

Gabe Baldovino (Ventura CC) hit a two-run home run, Jacob Castro (UC Irvine) hit a solo home run and an RBI-double and Ryne Yamashiro (Cal Lutheran) hit a two-run home run to lead the Conejo Oaks to 7-3 win over the Arroyo Seco Saints today at Sparky Anderson Field. Baldovino and Castro hit their home runs back-to-back in the fifth inning, driving in three runs to break what had been a 1-1 tie score. Castro’s double, which was immediately followed by Yamashiro’s home run, came in the seventh and gave the Oaks some breathing room after the Saints scored single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, scoring on a Thomas Leuvano (San Diego) RBI-double and Evan Russell (Tennessee) scoring after a leadoff double on a sacrifice fly, to get within one. Travis Weston (Boise State) was the starting pitcher for Conejo and picked up the win, allowing four hits while striking out five over four innings, and allowing one Saints run in the first inning when the leadoff batter walked and scored from first base on an RBI-double by Morgan Allen (St. Edward’s). Weston retired the next ten batters he faced in order after Allen’s double and eleven of the next thirteen before Aidan Dolan took over to start the fifth inning and retired the side in order in that inning before surrendering a run in the sixth on Luevano’s double. Reece Matheisen (Glendale JC) pitched the last three innings for Conejo and, after allowing Arroyo Seco’s third run on a sacrifice fly for the first out he recorded, retired nine of the final ten batters of the game, two by strikeout, and the only hitter to reach base safely did so by way of an error. Eli Riechmann (Blinn) started on the mound for the Saints and suffered the loss, allowing six hits while striking out two over four innings, and surrendered the Oaks first run in the second inning when Raul Sandoval (Oxnard CC) hit a leadoff double and, after a sacrifice, scored on a run-producing groundout. Trevor Davis (Cornell) and Jamie Robertson (Emory) each pitched two innings in relief of Riechmann and each allowed three runs on three hits and two hits, respectively.

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