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EU senior crushes GW homer in 10th inning

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East Union base runner Brett Riley avoids Jonathan Davis' tag while en route to third base.


POSTED May 12, 2010 2:28 a.m.
Just when you thought the East Union-Sierra baseball rivalry couldn’t get any better, it just did.

Ricky Inderbitzin capped Senior Day in a very big way Tuesday at East Union’s Agostini Field, ending the 10-inning marathon spanning 3 hours and 8 minutes with a towering shot over the center-field fence to punctuate a wild 14-13 victory.

Inderbitzin (2 for 6, double, two runs), one of six seniors honored before the game, was hoping to lead off the inning by somehow getting on base. But leadoff base hit turned into walk-off home run as Sierra center fielder Joey Valencia tried in vain to make the leaping grab at the fence.

“I was just trying to hit it somewhere, and it just so happened to go out,” Inderbitzin said. “It was a great feeling, just awesome.”

The dramatic finish, which has become an annual tradition when the two clubs get together at the end of the Valley Oak League season, came after six blown leads.

The Lancers (6-9, 11-14 overall) were ahead 5-3 before Sierra (7-7, 12-11) sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth for seven runs.

East Union clawed back with seven of its own but could not hold the 12-10 advantage in the seventh when Jonathan Davis (4 for 6, four RBIs, two runs) drove in two with a double. Both teams scored one apiece in the eighth inning.

A pitcher’s duel this was not.

There were 29 combined hits, 11 walks, eight hit batsmen and 10 errors. Seven of the errors were charged to Sierra.

“It’s not characteristic of us,” Sierra coach Jack Thomson said. “When I talk to people about our team I tell them we play catch and throw strikes, and we didn’t do a very good job of both today.

“It was an exciting game, but it wasn’t a good baseball game.”

This has been the case since the two teams were first pitted against one another for the final regular-season series in 2007.

They split in 2007, with Sierra winning the first 12-8, and East Union closing out the season with a 9-8 win.

In 2008, EU needed to sweep to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs and did, 11-10 and 10-9, both in extra innings.

And last year, East Union, after dropping the series opener, 3-0, killed Sierra’s playoff hopes with a controversial 8-7 victory.

Manteca clinched the third of three playoff berths Tuesday, but nothing was on the line by the time East Union and Sierra took the field.

“Both teams do a great job of just competing,” EU coach Dan Triglia said. “No one gives in. Whether we’re in the playoff hunt or the title hunt or not, it doesn’t matter because both teams just get after it the whole game.”

Every starting player reached base and scored at least once.

For Sierra, Kenny Leasure (4 for 7, run, RBI), Dylan DeBrouwer (2 for 4, two HBP, two runs, RBI), Bryce Willis (2 for 4, RBI, run), Valencia (3 for 5, double, two runs, RBI) and Davis led the way.

East Union was headed by Steven Gigli (1 for 4, three runs, two RBIs), Justin Dias (4 for 6, four RBIs, two runs) and Chase Agostini (3 for 4, two runs, double).
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