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GOLDEN SIERRA'S Cameron Stephens, shown here in a nonleague game at El Dorado, pitched the first game at the 44th annual Cordova Easter Baseball Tournament. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

Sports

Griz have challenging day

By From page A8 | April 16, 2014

RANCHO CORDOVA — If the Golden Sierra High baseball team had its way, instant reply would have been used Monday at the 44th annual Cordova Easter Baseball Tournament.

A play at second base didn’t favor the Grizzlies, who lost 3-0 to Cordova, in their second tourney game of the day. In the morning game, Golden Sierra fell to Rosemont 7-1 (See Roundup).

In the top of the seventh inning against the Lancers, Joshua Salmonson singled to centerfield and appeared safe at second base on a fielder’s choice from teammate Nick White as the Cordova shortstop didn’t have the ball. But the base umpire called Salmonson out.

“I can’t ask him for help because that’s his call. It looked like Joshua was safe at second,” Golden Sierra head coach Greg Thompson said.

Reily Prine hit into a fielder’s choice, as White was put out at second base for the second out. A strike out ended the game for the Grizzlies (7-9), who had only two hits.

In the top of the fourth inning, Jeffrey Klahn clubbed what appeared to be a solo home run over the right field fence, near the foul ball line pole, but it was ruled foul. Klahn subsequently flew out.

“He (umpire) ran down and got into position (for the call),” Thompson said. “Both of those would’ve been great to have instant replay; I would’ve challenged both of those calls.”

Golden Sierra’s other hit came in the top of the third inning when Cameron Stephens singled to left field with two outs. But he was left stranded on first base, as the next batter flew out to end the frame.

“We were quiet at the plate,” Thompson said. “If we had some better at-bats, then we would’ve been in a better position to win.”

Cordova scored its first run in the bottom of the second inning and two more in the third. White pitched the first five innings of the game, allowing only four Cordova hits.

“They had good pitching,” said Cordova head coach Guy Anderson, in his 42nd consecutive season who recently won his 900th career win that puts him second all-time in California among high school varsity coaches. “He (White) throws the ball well, throws strikes.”

Thompson, whose Grizzlies are battling for one of three Sierra Delta League playoff berths, feels there are pluses to playing bigger schools like Cordova.

“I like to play the bigger schools,” Thompson said. “We played two big schools today, and our guys’ confidence is up.”

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter.

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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