El Dorado pitcher Reed Omohundro got all the runs he needed thanks to Hunter Gallant’s two-run homer in the third inning of Tuesday night’s baseball game with West Sacramento.
But the Seniors weren’t done. Omohundro’s six-inning shutout performance coupled with an eight-run offensive explosion in the third let everyone go home early as El Dorado improved its record to 13-2-1 with a 14-0 victory, called via the mercy rule after six and a half innings.
“My slider was working well tonight,” Omohundro said. “I was able to get a lot of ground balls and had a solid defense behind me. I start to expect it (run support),” he added about Gallant’s early homer. “Starting with such a talented offense lets me relax right away.”
West Sac starter Andrew Prizmica pitched out of trouble in the first two innings, stranding one in the first and two in the second thanks to a double play. But after he struck out the first two batters in the third, Jerrod Bravo got things started with a single to left and Gallant capitalized with a towering home run over the right-field fence.
The visitors fell apart in the third as the Seniors sent 14 to the plate. Zack Mahon led off with a base hit, designated hitter Cody Morris followed with a single and one out later, Chris Swineford walked. FP Santangelo drove in a run with a two-bagger to left, Joey Smith was hit by a pitch and Bravo and Gallant ripped a single and a double, respectively, for three more runs.
Prizmica was replaced by Austin Blair, who walked Justin Dillon and gave up a RBI single to Mahon in his second at-bat in the inning. Morris drew a free pass and Alex FaGalde singled before Blair fanned two to end the carnage.
West Sac’s Julian Lehman allowed four more runs in the sixth on a walk, a hit batter, Dylan Duhamel’s double and singles from Zack Brown and Bravo.
Omohundro gave up just four hits and walked two in front of an error-free defense. Tommy Hummer mopped up in the top of the seventh and got help from shortstop Gallant’s double play as he touched second for one and threw to Nic Rowen at first for the second out. Smith scooped a ball at second for out No. 3.
Bravo led the offense with a 4-for-5 night and two RBIs, Gallant was 3-for-5 with four RBIs and Mahon was 2-for-2 with one run batted in. Duhamel and Santangelo both doubled and FaGalde, Brown, Smith and Rowen all singled in the 15-hit attack.
El Dorado coach Rusty McDonald summed up the night. “This is an easy team to coach. Everyone wants to play and they all get along. It’s been a fun summer.”