Saddleback drops close one to Golden West

The Saddleback Gaucho bats came up short with runners in scoring position in their loss to the Golden West Rustlers, 2-1, at Doug Fritz field Thursday.

The Gauchos fell behind early after lead off hitter for Golden West Michael Farris reached on what should have been a routine play to second and eventually scored on a two out single by Andrew Yazdanbakhsh making it 1-0. The second inning was led off by a walk to Daniel Maguire who also scored with two outs on a single by Michael Farris to right center adding to the Rustler lead, 2-0.

Photo by: Matt Corkill Sophomore starter Anthony Shew pitched a complete game allowing only two earned runs in the Saddleback loss to Golden West, 2-1, on Thursday at Doug Fritz field.

Photo by: Matt Corkill
Sophomore starter Anthony Shew pitched a complete game allowing only two earned runs in the Saddleback loss to Golden West, 2-1, on Thursday at Doug Fritz field.

Sophomore starter Anthony Shew threw a complete game facing 35 batters and only allowed two earned runs with two strikeouts and a walk. Unfortunately for Shew that although the Gaucho bats were active with nine hits, they were only able to bring home sophomore Brandon Cody on a sacrifice fly to center by sophomore Louie Payetta in the bottom of the seventh for the lone Saddleback score, 2-1. The Gauchos left 11 runners left on base with seven in scoring position validating why head coach McCartney stresses the importance of timely hitting.

“We had a lot of opportunities to score, we had a lot of base runners with nine hits, but we just couldn’t get them across,” outfielder Brett Barker, 20, kinesiology major said after the loss. “We just need to stay positive and keep the same approach staying within ourselves for tomorrow.”

Saddleback (16-8, 8-4) remains in first place in the OEC standing, but is now in a three way tie with Orange Coast (20-6, 8-4) and Santa Ana (17-8, 8-4). The Gauchos will travel to Golden West (12-15, 3-9) to close the season series against the Rustlers on Friday with first pitch at 2 p.m.

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