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D’back baseball splits with Wolfpack

TOAST — Union Mine catcher Shane O'Leary is about to tag out Barry Leonard at the plate Tuesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Diamondback's catcher #1, Shane O'Leary tags out Wolfpack's #9, Barry Leonard at home plate Tuesday at Union Mine High School. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

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April 27, 2011 |

EL DORADO — The Union Mine baseball team had a rocky start this year but has been playing better of late. Tuesday the Diamondbacks hosted Cosumnes Oaks for an afternoon doubleheader looking to avenge an earlier loss.

Union Mine won the opener 4-3 behind Walker Neville’s complete-game, five hit pitching — but lost by the same score in the second despite out-hitting the ‘Pack.

“The whole time was great today and we made some fantastic plays out in the field,” Neville said. “Two fantastic plays that really helped me was the throw by Taylor Ward from right field to get the guy at third and Chris Beck at third throwing the runner out at the plate on a tough ground ball. Those guys really made a difference.”

Once Neville wiggled out of trouble in the first inning courtesy of a double play, the D’backs put runs on the board in the bottom half. Jon Wong singled to start it off and Kyle Blakney followed with a bunt that put runners at first and second for Beck, who answered with a smash to right that plated Wong. Graham Bennett’s hit drove in Blakney to make it 2-0.

“To get the hit and make that play later in the game really felt good. It was great to play well and help the team. We’ve been working real hard and hopefully we can keep things going,” Beck said.

The Wolfpack knotted the score at two in the third but it didn’t last long as Ward turned on a pitch and deposited the white sphere deep over the right-field fence for a 3-2 Union Mine lead. The D’backs extended their advantage in the fourth as Neville walked to start the inning, stole second and came around to score on Wong’s sacrifice fly.

Cosumnes Oaks scored one in the sixth but Neville shut the door in the seventh to preserve the victory.

In the late afternoon game, the visitors broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the fourth and made it stand. Wong homered, Ward (double), Beck, Neville and Bennett each had two hits and Sean Tow doubled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EL DORADO — The Union Mine baseball team hoped to avenge an earlier loss in Tuesday’s doubleheader at home against Cosumnes Oaks.

Union Mine won the opener 4-3 behind Walker Neville’s complete-game, five hit pitching — but lost by the same score in the second despite out-hitting the ‘Pack.

“We made some fantastic plays out in the field,” Neville said. “Two plays that really helped me was the throw by Taylor Ward from right field to get the guy at third and Chris Beck at third throwing the runner out at the plate on a tough ground ball.”

Once Neville wiggled out of trouble in the first inning thanks to a double play, the D’backs got on board in the bottom half. Jon Wong singled and Kyle Blakney’s bunt put runners at first and second for Beck, who answered with a smash to right that plated Wong. Graham Bennett’s hit drove in Blakney to make it 2-0.

“To get the hit and make that play later in the game really felt good. It was great to play well and help the team. We’ve been working real hard and hopefully we can keep going,” Beck said.

The Wolfpack knotted the score at two in the third but Wong answered with a home run over the right-field fence for a 3-2 Union Mine lead. The D’backs extended their advantage in the fourth as Neville walked, stole second and came around to score on Wong’s sacrifice fly.

Cosumnes Oaks scored one in the sixth but Neville shut the door in the seventh to preserve the victory.

The visitors broke a 3-3 tie in the late game with a run in the fourth and made it stand. Wong homered, Ward (double), Beck, Neville and Bennett each had two hits and Sean Tow doubled.

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