Hitting and pitching played key roles for the California Academy of Baseball team in the first game of a twin bill against Vacaville at John Escobar Field at El Dorado High last Thursday.
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In the first game, CAB had a hit in every inning and finished with 11 hits that led to a 7-2 win. Three of those hits came in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend CAB’s 4-2 lead. Aaron Farney singled to left field and moved to second on a passed ball.
Then Farney made it 5-2 when leadoff hitter Zach Culp doubled deep to the center field fence. With two outs, Matt Smith smacked a fastball over the left field fence for a two-run home run to drive in Culp and finalize the score.
“The last two to three weeks we have been swinging the bats real well,” CAB head coach Rusty McDonald said.
CAB pitcher Zach Terry went the distance, giving up eight hits — four of which came in the top of the sixth inning when Vacaville scored its only runs — and struck out three and walked one.
“He threw strikes and our defense played well,” said McDonald of Terry and the team’s defense. “That was the key to the game.”
In addition, CAB committed no errors in the game.
“When you don’t commit errors, you walk only one guy you have a pretty good chance of winning the game,” McDonald said.
CAB scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Culp (2-for-4, 2 runs) singled to right-center field and scored on Ryan Rodriguez’s double to left field.
In the bottom of the third inning, CAB extended its lead to 3-0. Rodriguez (2-for-4, 2 runs) singled and scored on Smith’s double to left field.
Smith (3-for-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs) smacked his second extra-base hit in the bottom of the fifth inning, a double to right-center field. He crossed the plate to make it 4-0 on Adam Washabaugh’s double.
Vacaville scored its runs in the top of the sixth inning off four hits, three of which were doubles and a single. In the previous innings, Vacaville had a total of four hits.
“We are playing some good baseball right now,” McDonald said.
CAB 7, Vacaville 6
In the night-cap, CAB broke a 6-all in the bottom of the seventh inning when Michael Weston walked and scored on Garrett Scalero’s single. Louis Merlo and Farney also singled in the final inning.
“We went back and forth the whole game,” McDonald said.
CAB scored two runs in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth before scoring the winning run in the seventh. Vacaville scored three times in the first and three in the fifth frame.
Krischton Kern pitched the first three and a third innings for CAB while Logan Quick pitched the last three and two-thirds..
Merlo and Farney had two hits for CAB and Smith had a double and three RBIs. CAB and Vacaville had seven hits each.
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