In a game that could decide the Sierra Valley Conference title Thursday, the El Dorado Cougars fell short to visiting Vista del Lago 8-1.
“The first time we played them this year we squeaked out a win, but the last two times they’ve beaten us pretty good. We were right in there at 4-1, but we made a crucial error that brought in a lot of runs. They’re a good team. I think talent-wise, they’re the best team in the league, and they’re showing that. But not all is lost. We’re still in second place in league, and still have a shot for playoffs, which is our goal,” Cougar coach Rusty McDonald said.
El Dorado started Nick Bonniksen on the mound but Nick Schumacher’s 3-run home run, part of the Eagles’ four-run inning, and another in the sixth from Nick Rametta off Owen MacKendrick was too much to overcome .
The Cougars’ run came when Louis Merlo singled, Kevin Morrison walked, Michael Weston advanced Merlo on a groundout and he came home on a passed ball. El Dorado failed to score in the third despite Matt Smith’s double.
Zachary Terry pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for El Dorado.
The Cougars (12-8, 8-4) now trail the Eagles by two and a half games with six remaining.
“We could’ve put at least four or five runs on the board today, we just didn’t. We hit the ball OK today, but we took way too many called third strikes,” McDonald said.