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Weston Ranch outlasts Mustangs in extra innings

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POSTED March 18, 2010 2:15 a.m.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch baseball squad found themselves down 5-0 after three innings, but the deficit was just the first hurdle in the Cougars’ come-from-behind win over Monterey Trail in the Claudia Lewis Tournament at McNair High.

The Cougars (3-3) got a stellar performance from hurler Tyler Scharnow, who went seven innings, surrendering just one earned run and striking out nine in the win.

“He did a good job for us today,” Cougar head coach Cave Smith said. “He stayed in there mentally and really grinded it out for us.

“We didn’t field the ball particularly well behind him, but he was able to stay focused on his task at hand.”

Scharnow made his biggest impact on the game in the top half of the eighth inning, smashing a double to drive in the go-ahead run. Corey Lee led the club, going 2 for 4 with a triple and scoring four runs and swiping two bases.

Brandon Matsumoto came on in relief for the save, striking out one in the bottom of the eight.

“It kind of seemed like two different games,” Smith said. “The first half of the game we were kind of timid at the plate and not taking good swings and then something just clicked for the players beginning in that sixth inning.”

The Cougars trailed early and began chipping away, scoring one in the fourth, two in the sixth and seventh and a huge three-spot in the bonus frame. The Cougars will try to build on their momentum, when they play tournament host McNair Friday in Stockton.

— Jagada Chambers
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