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Liberty Ranch edges Cougars in extra innings

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EL DORADO'S Tim Hinrichs strides off the mound with eyes on target in Wednesday's Sierra Valley Conference game against Liberty Ranch. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

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In its second Sierra Valley Conference game of the season, errors cost the El Dorado High baseball team  in its 9-7 extra-inning loss to Liberty Ranch Wednesday.

The Cougars (1-1, 4-2) committed six miscues, two of which allowed the Hawks to score three unearned runs in the top of the second inning.

“We didn’t play well enough, we didn’t hit well enough, we didn’t field well enough,” El Dorado head coach Rusty McDonald said.

The game was tied at 7-all after seven innings. Liberty Ranch broke the tie in the top of the eighth when  Drake Tam walked, went to second on Jake Oliver’s single and both scored on James Reilly’s one-out double.

Though Chris Swineford reached base in the bottom of the frame, the next two El Dorado batters grounded out to end the game.

Liberty Ranch led 7-6 going into the bottom of the sixth inning before Owen Mackendrick doubled to deep  left and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Nicholas Bonniksen.

Tthe Hawks flew out to a 5-1 lead in the top of the third but the Cougars rallied back with three runs in the bottom half thanks largely to RBI singles from Bonniksen and Nicholas Scalaro. El Dorado added runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth while Liberty Ranch scored twice in the fourth.

El Dorado finished with nine hits, and Liberty Ranch had 11.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or mbush@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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