Late rally gives El Dorado victory

By From page A7 | June 09, 2014

EL DORADO — In an intra-county diamond contest, the El Dorado Summer baseball team broke a 4-all tie with the El Dorado Post 119 Junior American Legion squad for an 11-5 victory Thursday at Union Mine High.

El Dorado (4-0) scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning off three hits, two walks, a hit batter and one Post 119 error. Alex Pereiera, Louis Merlo and Matt Smith had singles in the inning.

“We actually hit the ball pretty well,” El Dorado head coach Rusty McDonald said. “We took advantage of opportunities we had. We came through with some big hits.”

Both teams combined for 20 hits in the game; El Dorado ripped 11 and Post 119 had nine.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Post 119 (1-4) scored its final run when Logan Ito singled and scored off Aaron Whittle’s double.

“We got a little tentative on the base paths,” Post 119 head coach Brett Robinson said. “Every time we went to make a play in the infield, we weren’t positive about where we were going with the ball. This group is just getting (together) with each other; they are getting the feel for one another.”

El Dorado scored its first run in the top of the first inning when Pereira reached base on an error, then scored on Merlo’s single.

Then in the bottom of the frame, Post 119 took a 2-1 lead when Ito doubled, and scored on Brendan Hunter’s bunt single down the first base line. Hunter crossed home plate on RJ Blake’s single.

Kent Schardt doubled to lead off the top of the second frame for El Dorado, which was followed by a single from Chris Pederson that drove in Schardt. Pederson moved to second base on a grounder, and scored on a passed ball that gave El Dorado a 3-2 lead.

Merlo was hit by a pitch in the top of the third inning, and scored off Adam Washabaugh’s single for a 4-2 lead. But Post 119 tied the game at 4-all in the bottom of the frame when Mitch McCulloch reached base on an infield throwing error. After Whittle (2-for-5) clubbed his first double of the game deep to center field, Whittle scored on a bases-loaded hit batter to Alex Vargas.

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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