El Dorado High baseball coach Rusty McDonald called time in the top of the fifth inning of Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference game with River City for a simple pep talk with pitcher Tim Hinrichs.
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“We have a good hitter (Byron Farrell) up here, we need to start throwing some breaking balls because they have been sitting on fastballs this game,” said McDonald of his chat with Hinrichs. “Have confidence (in the pitch).”
Hinrichs changed his approach toward Farrell, who doubled to right-center field in his previous at-bat — striking him and David McKeever out to end the inning.
Leading 3-2 at this point, the host Cougars added insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth as Kevin Morrison drove home Ryan Rodriguez and Zack Culp plated Michael Weston to secure a 5-3 victory over the Raiders.
River City outhit El Dorado by an 11-6 margin but stranded 10 runners, five in scoring position.
“We were able to steal some bases (three),” McDonald said. “We executed a few plays to get guys in scoring position. We were able to move them up and get them in.”
El Dorado scored its first three runs in the bottom of the third inning as Culp, Louis Merlo and Chris Swineford all touched home.
River City scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning thanks to a walk, Farrell’s double and a single from Michael Andreotti, who scored again in the top of the seventh inning on a single.
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