Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Post 119 splits; District play next

#3? Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

LUCAS FULLER gets into second base ahead of the throw in Sunday's second game. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

From page A8 | July 16, 2014 |

EL DORADO — If Logan McMahon’s fifth-inning solo home run to extend El Dorado Post 119′s lead was insurance, his two-run double in the sixth was icing.

McMahon, a senior-to-be at Ponderosa, finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs — the last two part of El Dorado’s six-run, sixth-inning that cemented a first-game 11-3 victory over Chico Sunday at Union Mine High. Brendan Hunter also drove in three runs on two hits.

Chico turned the tables in the second game to prevail 12-7. Sunday was El Dorado’s last game at home before Friday’s opener in the District Tournament at Auburn’s James Field.

Post 119 led 5-3 before its big offensive inning. Tim Salemi’s one-out single got things started and he scored on Nick White’s RBI double. White scored as Tyler Kremer singled sharply to left and after a strikeout and walk to Tony Ceirante, Erik Rodenberg singled in a run before McMahon doubled in two more.

“We haven’t had one of those innings lately so it felt great to be on the other side of things,” McMahon said.

Wild-pitched to third, McMahon scored on Hunter’s single that completed the scoring.

Chico scored single runs in the first two innings. El Dorado answered with two in the bottom of the first as both Lucas Fuller and Logan Ito scored as a direct result of errant thows.

Tied at 2-2, Post 119 went ahead in the third as Ito, who had walked, and McMahon, aboard on a fielder’s choice, scored on Hunter’s two-run double to the gap in right-center.

El Dorado made it 5-2 in the fifth when McMahon lofted a pitch down in the zone over the leftfield fence.

“Coach had told me to ‘take one’ after the first two guys saw three pitches,” McMahon said. “The second one was low but over the middle thigh-high and I went down and got it.”

On the mound, RJ Blake shook of two shaky innings to settle into three solid innings to pick up the win for Post 119. He was helped in the fourth when Chico’s leadoff batter tried to stretch a double but was gunned at third on Ito’s relay throw.

Blake gave up six hits, three for extra bases. Rodenberg’s dive and throw-out from third helped him out of the second inning. Blake battled through five El Dorado errors, two on pick-off attempts.

Chico scored its final run off releiver Ceirante in the fifth and was threatening for more before Hunter nailed a runner trying to steal second and Ceirante induced a flyout and recorded a strikeout before pitching a 1-2-3 seventh.

Salemi went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt. Ceirante allowed two hits and struck out two.

After a break, the visitors regrouped to pull out the second-game victory.

“My guys ran out of gas after playing four games in two days,” El Dorado coach Brett Robinson said.

Post 119 opens the District Tournament against Grass Valley at 6:30 p.m.







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