In the majority of its games this season, the El Dorado High Summer Legion baseball team has dominated.
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Not Tuesday against Hard 90 as El Dorado found itself having to come-from-behind in a 5-4 win.
Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Nathaniel Erskine and Louis Merlo walked while El Dorado teammate Ian Philbrick singled to right field to load the bases. Nick Bonniksen then drove the ball to the left field fence to chase in Erskine and Merlo to tie the game at 4-all.
A simple infield grounder hit by Aaron Farney and overthrow sent Bonniksen, who had stole second, all the way around.
“It was good for us to play a tight game against an older team, and come back and win the game,” El Dorado head coach Rusty McDonald said. “They (both teams) played well the whole game. The walks and hits is what fueled the inning.”
El Dorado, which had at least one hit every inning, threatened to score in the bottom of the sixth. Chris Pederson singled to right field and moved around the base paths on passed balls but was stranded. Overall, the Cougars left 12 runners on.
“You’re not going to score 12 runs every game,” McDonald said. “Sometimes you have to win a 5-4 game, 4-1 game.”
Hard 90 scored its first two runs in the top of the first inning thanks to two doubles, single and a stolen base.
El Dorado responded in the bottom of the frame with two runs for a 2-all tie. Kent Schardt reached base on a fielder’s choice and Zach Culp singled to set up the situation for Adam Washabaugh, who doubled to the centerfield fence to plate Schardt and Culp.
Extra-base hits paved the way toward Hard 90 scoring a run each in the fourth and fifth innings as a double in the fifth and triple in the fourth were the highlights.
On the mound, Owen MacKendrick started and was followed by Philbrick, Josh Weinholz and Bonniksen.
El Dorado finished with 11 hits in the game. Alex Pereira was 2-for-4.
“We hit the ball OK,” McDonald said. “We did our job.”
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