SHINGLE SPRINGS — Some quick offense Monday by the Ponderosa High baseball team in its nonleague encounter opposite Rio Americano was promising, but it was the Raiders who stole the outcome with their rally that produced the 7-4 win.
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Four hits set the tone for the Bruins (2-4) who scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff hitter Jacob Hilliker reached first base on a Rio error and moved to second after Ryan Carey got on base after a third strike/passed ball.
Centerfield was a popular spot for the next three Bruin hitters. Shea McLinden singled to drive in Hilliker. After Parker Wright (2-for-3, double, RBI) singled to place runners at first and second, Logan Tonge had an RBI single to plate Carey for a 2-0 lead.
“We did a great job in staying on top of them,” Ponderosa head coach Robert Taylor said.
In the bottom of the second inning, Ponderosa loaded the bases. With one out, Hilliker singled to left field, and shifted around the base paths after Brett Pankow and Carey were issued back-to-back walks. But a fly ball and strikeout ended the Bruins’ threat.
“We got guys in scoring position,” said Taylor, “we just didn’t execute when we needed to.”
The Raiders (4-3) scored four times in the top of the third inning off one hit and three walks.
In the top of the fifth inning, Ponderosa trimmed Rio Americano’s lead to 4-3 when Wright doubled to left field, and scored on Tonge’s grounder.
But the Raiders responded in the top of the sixth inning with four hits, including a bunt single, to go up 7-3.
The Bruins battled in the bottom of the frame. Hilliker reached on a fielder’s choice and after moving to second base on a passed ball, scored on Pankow’s (2-for-4) RBI single. Ponderosa finished with eight hits in the game.
Wright pitched the first six innings of the game, and Clay Boswell pitched the final frame. They combined to give up six Raider hits.
Ponderosa concludes nonleague play this week and begins Delta River League play next Monday at Sheldon.
“We just got to go back to work, and see what happens,” Taylor said. “We’ve got to get this figured out, and we’ll be good to go.”
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