Two runs scored in the top of the first inning by the visitors was no problem for the El Dorado High Summer Legion baseball team.
Hosting Pro Players Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader, El Dorado doubled its runs in its first at-bat, and added more throughout the game to post an 8-4 win. Along with winning the nightcap, El Dorado finished its season at 27-4.
Four hits and two walks gave El Dorado a 4-2 lead after one frame. Zach Culp walked, followed by Kent Schardt’s single. Adam Washabaugh loaded the bases for Owen Mackendrick, who hit an RBI single to left field that plated Culp. Then Schardt, Washabaugh and Mackendrick scored when Nathaniel Erskine doubled to left field. El Dorado’s fourth hit was Aaron Farney’s single.
“We definitely don’t want to wait around for something to happen,” El Dorado head coach Rusty McDonald said. “We just want to get going. We’re successful doing it.”
Pro Players cut El Dorado’s lead to 4-3 in the top of the second inning thanks to a single and double. But El Dorado responded again in the bottom of the inning when Schardt (3-for-4, scored three times) singled straight to centerfield and scored when Mackendrick (2-for-3, 2B, scored two times) reached first base on a Pro Players’ throwing error in the infield for a 5-3 lead.
Both teams scored a run each in the third inning. Pro Players scored its final run of the game when one of its players walked and scored on a single.
El Dorado increased its lead to 6-4 in the third inning, as James Pizzuti reached base on a fielder’s choice, stole second base and scored on Culp’s single to centerfield.
In the last four innings of the game, Pro Players were held to two hits, and finished with seven in the game.
El Dorado scored its final two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Schardt singled to left field, and moved to third when Mackendrick doubled to centerfield. Schardt scored on Erskine’s sacrifice fly to right field. Mackendrick scored on Farney’s single that also went to left field.
At the plate, El Dorado had 13 hits. Chris Pederson was 3-for-4 with a double. Farney went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Culp, Erskine and Pizzuti had a hit each.
Mackendrick started the game on the hill for El Dorado, striking out four batters and yielding six hits in five innings work. Ian Philbrick tossed the final two innings, striking out the final batter to end the game, and gave up one hit.
“The first part of the year, he had a broken thumb,” said McDonald of Mackendrick, “and didn’t start pitching until three weeks ago.”
The summer was successful beyond El Dorado’s record, McDonald noted. He and his coaches had their players work on parts of their game — batting, base running, pitching and/or defense — during the summer.
“They did a good job in that,” McDonald said. “We pitched well. On defense, we definitely need to clean up. We had a very successful summer, and the kids did a real good job.”
Results of the nightcap, plus El Dorado’s Friday game at Lodi, can be found in Roundup.
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