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Double play in seventh, stranded runners stump Sierra

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Double play in seventh, stranded runners stump Sierra

Sierra second baseman Alex Arreola hurries the throw to first base as shortstop Scotty DeBrouwer looks on.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin/


POSTED April 27, 2010 2:23 a.m.
The Sierra High baseball team’s pivotal two-game set against Ceres ended in similar fashion to the way it started in Ceres Friday — with a loss, this time by an 8-7 margin in eighth innings Monday, and with too many runners left on base.

The Timberwolves (5-4, 10-8), who have dropped four of their last five while falling out of the Valley Oak League title race, mounted an incredible comeback after digging themselves an early 6-0 hole and even took the lead in the bottom of the sixth on John Waggy’s three-run double.

But seven runners were stranded in the first three innings, and two more in each of the seventh and eighth. Sierra had a chance to win it in the seventh but was stifled by a non-conventional double play, and the T’Wolves left the tying and winning runs on base in the extra frame with one out.

Reliever Kenny Leasure took the loss after allowing the game-winning hit in the eighth.

“We’re not playing bad, we’re just not playing good enough to win,” Sierra coach Jack Thomson said. “We’re not doing enough offensively. We haven’t had trouble getting guys on base; the problem is us not delivering the timely hit.

“We had close to 30 guys left on base (in two games) against Ceres, and that’s not going to win ballgames.”

The dramatic comeback was primed for a dramatic finish with the bases loaded, one out and Sierra’s best hitter, Scotty DeBrouwer, in the batter’s box.

DeBrouwer popped out to shallow left field, with Steven Detmers tagging up at third. Ceres outfielder Brent Ward made the catch and fired a strike to home plate for the final out.

“Ward made a perfect throw,” Thomson said. “The way we’ve been leaving guys on base, it was a split-second decision and I figured that was our chance to win. But you tip your hat, Ward made a great throw.”

Ceres (6-4, 12-8-1) jumped ahead with three runs in the third, and Sierra starting pitcher Bryce Willis got out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the third with two strikeouts and a pop fly to second.

But in the fifth, the Bulldogs doubled the lead with a solo homer from Wes Ward and a two-run jack by Matt Cardelli to straightaway center.

Sierra got on board in the bottom half of the fifth when Jonathan Davis sent in the first two runs with a single. The Timberwolves later halved the deficit on a throwing error.

The road only gets tougher for Sierra after suffering two-game sweeps against Sonora and Ceres. Today, weather permitting, the T’Wolves host three-time champion Oakdale (9-1, 15-6) with a depleted pitching staff.

Leasure, who has done all of his work in relief this year, will get the start.

“We had a chance to win (Monday) so we used Leasure,” Thomson said. “He threw two fairly long innings, so we’re really shorthanded against Oakdale. I can’t bring (No. 1 starter) DeBrouwer back on after three-day rest.”
— Jonamar Jacinto

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