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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