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Every Batter Hits in Solano Victory; Foresters Sweep Three From Blues

| June 20, 2019

June 20, 2019 Alameda, CA Justin Banks (Coppin St) had three hits, including a two-run home run, Jason Pridy (Solano JC) and Eric Robles (Sterling College) hit back-to-back RBI-doubles and Nick Peifer (Cal Poly Pomona) hit a two-run triple to lead the Solano Mudcats to an 11-6 win over the San Francisco Seals tonight at Alameda College. Bank's home run, which came with two outs in the first inning, opened the scoring for Solano and highlighted the Mudcats' 15-hit attack in which all nine batters in their lineup recorded at least one hit and all but two of them scored runs. San Francisco's starting pitcher Ricky Hernandez settled in for a while after Bank's home run, facing the minimum three batters in each of the next three innings as the Seals rallied in the fourth inning to score three times to take the lead on two singles, an RBI-double by Drew Lowe (Oral Roberts), a sacrifice fly and an error. But once the fifth inning started, Hernandez didn't record another out, as the first two batters reached on a hit batsman and a single, followed immediately by the two doubles by Pridy and Robles that drove in one and two runs, respectively, and another hit batsman chased Hernandez from the game. Sonny Brandwood, who relieved Hernandez, allowed Peifer's triple and an RBI-single by Josh Medina (Sonoma St) before striking out the next three batters in a row to end the 6-run Mudcats rally. Solano added a run in the sixth inning when Christian Harkey (Savannah St) led off with a single and scored on an Isaiah Verrett (UC Davis) single, and scored once in the seventh when Banks led off with a double and scored on Harkey's third single of the game before the Seals scored three times in the eighth on a sacrifice fly and a two-run double by Gianni Bloom made the score 10-6. Banks singled in the ninth, advanced to third on a double by Eric Waldichuk (Willamette) and scored on an RBI-groundout to finish out the scoring. Cody Switzer (Napa Valley JC) started on the mound for the Mudcats, picking up the win by pitching six innings while allowing three runs on four hits and striking out two. Click here for recaps of this game Elsewhere around the CCL tonight: San Luis Obispo, CA For the third night in a row at Sinsheimer Park the Santa Barbara Foresters pitching staff stymied the hitters of the San Luis Obispo Blues and the Foresters offense scored just enough to win as the Foresters beat the Blues tonight 2-1 in twelve innings. The Foresters won the three-game series by a total of five runs, 4-2 Tuesday, 3-1 Wednesday and by one tonight, and that run tonight was a manufactured run when, with one out in the twelfth inning, Eric Kennedy (Texas) reached base after being hit by a pitch, stole second base, advanced to third on a single and scored what proved to be the winning run on a fielder's choice groundout. That was how the Foresters grabbed the lead in tonight's game, but how they won this game, and how they won all three games in this series, is with dominant pitching. Seven Foresters' pitchers combined to hold the Blues to one run on eight hits and stranded twelve runners on base. The Blues got runners into scoring position in seven innings but the Santa Barbara pitchers escaped all of those situations except one, when a leadoff walk and a stolen base got a runner to second base in the fifth inning and Taison Corio (Delta JC) hit a two-out RBI-single. Corio's hit tied the score 1-1, as the Foresters took the early lead in the second inning when Zach Presno (Fresno State) led off with a double, advanced to third on a single and scored on a groundball double play. Other than that, the rest of the game was a pitchers' duel as both starting pitchers and both bullpens dominated. Larson Kindreich (Biola) started on the mound for Santa Barbara and pitched three scoreless innings with four strikeouts, and Braeden Gowdy started for San Luis and went four innings with three strikeouts. Kevin Larson (Fresno St), Drake Greenwood (Rice), Hunter Breault (Oregon), Connor Curry (Nebraska), Christian Winston (San Diego State) and Ryan Bergert (West Virginia) combined for eight scoreless innings for Santa Barbara, while Tyler Chivens, Derek True (Cal Poly), Hunter Swift (Oral Roberts), Kai Janowicz (UC Davis) and Andrew Alvarez (Cal Poly) matched them every step of the way until the twelfth inning. While Chivens struck out three in two innings of work, True struck out four in two innings, and Swift struck out five in two innings, the dominant performance of the night has to go to Bergert who, once the Foresters grabbed the lead, came into the game in the bottom of the twelfth and struck out three straight to close out the win. Click here for recaps of this game Pasadena, CA The Arroyo Seco Saints hit four singles and took advantage of two errors to score four runs in the fourth inning en route to beating the Orange County Riptide 5-1 tonight at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The four-run rally came at the expense of Riptide starting pitcher Ricky Reynoso (Pacific) who had cruised through the first three innings, allowing only a single and a walk in the second inning and a leadoff double by Anthony Forte (Richmond) whom he stranded by retiring the next three batters he faced in the third. But after allowing two consecutive singles to lead off the fourth inning, Reynoso was bitten by a error that allowed one run to score, an RBI-single by Thomas McCarthy (USF), a sacrifice fly and another run-producing error before he could retire the next two batters and get out of the inning. The Saints' starting pitcher Colin King (Regis) also had to pitch through innings extended by two errors, but in both those cases, neither of the errors produced runs and he was able to pitch three and third scoreless innings before turning the pitching duties over to Cade Bullinger (Texas St) who scattered six hits over four and two-thirds innings of work, allowing only one run to score when Blake Faddoul (Santa Clara) hit a two-out RBI-double in the sixth inning to make the score 4-1. Arroyo Seco answered the Riptide run by scoring one in their half of the inning without the benefit of a hit and then Bullinger faced the minimum three batters in the seventh and eighth innings before Chris Burnette (Cal Poly Pomona) closed out the win with a scoreless ninth, pitching around a leadoff walk and a single to retire the last three batters he faced. Click here for recaps of this game Thousand Oaks, CA Jair Donovan (Concordia), Logan Pollack (Michigan) and Jaylen Heard (Heartland) hit three consecutive two-out RBI-doubles and Trent Anderson hit a pair of run-producing singles in consecutive at bats to lead the Academy Barons to an 8-7 win over the Conejo Oaks today at Sparky Anderson Field. The back-to-back-to-back doubles for the Barons came in their first at bat and followed a single by Basiel Williams Jr. (Jones JC) that got things going after the first two batters of the inning were retired. Reece Matheisen (Glendale JC), who started on the mound for Conejo, struck out a batter to end the Barons' first inning rally and went on to throw three scoreless innings, striking out five, before turning the pitching duties over to the Oaks bullpen. Julian Jackson (Eastern Kentucky) was the starting pitcher for the Academy and held the 3-0 lead in dominant fashion for a while, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters he faced until the Oaks got an RBI-single by Alexander Briggs (Cal Lutheran) and a two-out, two-run single by Tyler Odekirk (Cal St LA) and tied the score 3-3. The Barons answered the Oaks three runs with four of their own in their next at bat, stringing together four singles, including RBI-hits by Anderson and Donovan, and a costly Oaks error to retake the lead, and then added another run in the seventh inning when Anderson hit a two-out single to make the score 8-3. Nico Lima (Oxnard JC) doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly for the Oaks in the eighth and Conejo rallied for three runs on five hits, including a two-run double by Justin Ammons (Tennessee) and an RBI-single by Lima in the ninth, but fell just short when Jacob Castro (UC Irvine) hit his second double of the game with two outs in the ninth but was stranded when the last batter flew out to end the game. Click here for recaps of this game
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