Chris Swineford’s sharp single to left with the bases loaded and one out capped a two-run rally as host El Dorado came-from-behind to edge Cosumnes Oaks 5-4 Wednesday.
Trailing 4-3, Kevin Morrison’s two-strike liner to left field put the tying run on base. Sawyer Schardt (2-for-2) sacrificed him up and pinch-runner Garrett Scalero made it to third as Zack Culp doubled to right-center. Walks to Nick Bonniksen and Matt Smith tied the score before Swineford delivered.
“I’ve been working on being more aggressive so the hits felt good,” said Swineford who also doubled twice. “It was an important win for us – especially the seniors.”
With a lock on second place in the Sierra Valley Conference, Wednesday wasn’t a must-win for the Cougars who held Senior Day to honor Swineford, winning pitcher Tim Hinrichs and Daniel Wienholz.
Behind 19 and a 4-0 advantage in the third, the Wolfpack had control but El Dorado put up three runs to answer as Smith singled in Schardt and Culp and Ryan Rodriguez singled in Smith.
Hinrichs, who scattered nine hits, settled in and received outstanding defense from Culp in center with several nice catches and a throw-out to Swineford at home in the fifth inning to keep it a one-run game.
“Zack had a great defensive game and a big hit in the seventh. Morrison’s hit was huge, Sawyer executed a textbook sacrifice bunt and we were able to work the pitcher (for several walks),” Cougar coach Rusty McDonald said about the winning rally. “Hinrichs had one rough inning but we talked about it and it started clicking.”