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Swineford home runs lift Cougars

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CHRIS SWINEFORD connects for a home run Friday, one of two he hit on the day. Courtesy photo

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Chris Swineford accounted for El Dorado’s final seven runs with back-to-back home runs, powering the host Cougars past Vista del Lago 10-8 in Sierra Valley Conference baseball action Friday.

Swineford’s second round-tripper with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning and the bases loaded erased a 7-6 deficit. El Dorado reliever Michael Weston put down an Eagle rally in the seventh with a strikeout before inducing a game-ending double play grounder.

“I was surprised to see a fastball,” said Swineford of his grand slam several pitches after Vista had a meeting at the mound. “We really came together as a team and had a lot of clutch hits.”

The Cougars trailed 6-0 and 7-2. The Eagles collected 15 hits in the ballgame while El Dorado amassed 11. As was the case in the loss to Liberty Ranch Wednesday, the Cougars’ defensive lapses hurt the home team.

“Not as bad (as Wednesday) but we still made a lot of mistakes both physically and mentally,” El Dorado coach Rusty McDonald said. “But we hit the ball well — both teams did — and obviously Chris had a big day. I liked how we battled and being behind proved if we get down we can come back and win.”

Nick Bonniksen’s RBI single and Weston’s sacrifice fly put the Cougars on the board in the fourth and Matt Smith’s RBI single and Swineford’s three-run blast placed El Dorado within a run in the fifth.

In the sixth, one-out singles from Krischton Kern and Zack Culp put two on but Vista second baseman 2 robbed Owen MacKenrick for the second out. Smith worked a walk — a key at bat — setting the stage for Swineford who cleared the bases.

Swineford, MacKenrick and Kern each had two hits. MacKenrick started on the mound and pitched into the seventh inning.

For Vista, Michael Majewski, Nick Schumacher, Kevin Gough, Tyler Kaim and Michael McMahon each had two hits.

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