EL DORADO'S Nathaniel Erskine tears toward third base in a game last week against Post 119. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene


El Dorado gets sweep

By From page A6 | June 13, 2014

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Triple A Cubs’ pitcher Kyle Breibart tossed a mercy rule-shortened no-hitter against the Angels at Rotary Park, striking out nine in a 16-0 victory.

FAIRFIELD — The El Dorado High summer baseball team pitched and hit well in its two victories Wednesday at Laurel Creek Park to kick off the Fairfield Father’s Day Tournament.

El Dorado received 13 of the 14 innings played from its starting pitching in 8-3 and 15-5 wins over Petaluma and host Fairfield, respectively.

In the opener against Petaluma, Zach Terry went the distance, scattering eight hits while striking out six and issuing just one walk. Though Terry has graduated, he is young enough per tournament age requirements to assist on the mound.

Offensively, El Dorado scored three in the first inning on Adam Washabaugh’s two-out, three-run triple down the right field line. Washabaugh’s clutch hit came on the heels of an Alex Pereira single, Louis Merlo base-on-balls and Zach Culp walk.

El Dorado made it 4-0 in the third on a sacrifice fly by Nathaniel Erskine that plated Culp who had singled and stole second to get a step closer to scoring position.

El Dorado went up 8-0 with four more runs in the fourth. With one out, Kent Schardt doubled, Merlo connected on an RBI triple, Matt Smith drove home Merlo with a single, Culp reached on an error and Nick Bonniksen hit an RBI single.

Merlo was 3-for-3 with a triple, Washabaugh was 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs, and Culp had two hits.

Bonniksen went six innings in the second game against Fairfield. The senior-to-be allowed five runs (three earned), seven hits, fanned three and walked no one. Merlo pitched the seventh to close out the host team.

El Dorado pounded out 16 hits in its biggest scoring outburst of the summer. Pereira had four of them, all singles, Bonniksen was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs; Washabaugh went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs; Culp was 2-for-4 with three RBIs; and Merlo went 2-for-5 with a triple.

Ahead just 7-5 going to the seventh, El Dorado erupted for eight runs. With out down Pereira and Merlo singled and Smith was walked intentionally to load the bases. Culp and Bonniksen delivered RBI singles, Washabaugh drove in two with a double, Schardt was hit by a pitch, Ben Grigsby reached on an error and Pereira batted again and singled for an RBI.

El Dorado is back in action at the Fairfield Father’s Day Tournament tomorrow with another doubleheader.


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