06/28/2017 12:36 PM
Emily Lau | Arroyo Seco Baseball Insider
(Pasadena, CA) - After an early home run by the So Cal Bombers, the Arroyo Seco Sentinels were unable to take the lead after three homers by their SCCBL opponents as they fell 11-5 in a league contest on Tuesday at Jackie Robinson Field.
Pitcher Nathan Garkow from Hawaii Pacific University started out on the mound for Arroyo Seco and looked to prevent the Bombers from scoring early in the game.
The Bombers crushed a two-run homer to left field and took the early 2-0 lead over the Sentinels in the top of the first inning.
In the top of the third with two outs on the board, So Cal managed a hard double through center to drive in a run. The Bombers then hit what looked like a routine groundout to third base, but it was a close call at first after So Cal beat the throw by a step, and the score moved to 4-0.
University of Hawaii’s Morgan West came to the mound to relieve in the top of the fourth and threw a 1-2-3 inning to keep the Bombers from adding more runs.
The Sentinels put two men on the bases with zero outs in the bottom of the fourth and looked for an opportunity to tack some runs on the board. Casey Slattery, a University of California, Berkeley product, put up the first run for Arroyo Seco with a single through to right, bringing in Froy Smith and making the score 4-1. After Johnny Malott stole third, Jackson Kritsch singled off the Bombers’ second baseman’s glove to drive in Malott and pushed the score to 4-2.
Slattery went 2-for-2 with one RBI and two walks. As a left handed hitter, he said one of the difficulties he faced today was going up against a left handed pitcher. “For me, I locked in a little bit more because leftie-leftie matchups are harder than leftie-righties ones,” Slattery said. “I just felt locked in tonight and happy with my performance tonight. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the W tonight but it’s a stepping stone.”
Cody White slammed So Cal’s second home run of the day in the top of the fifth inning and added two more runs as the lead moved to 6-2. With two outs in the bottom half of the fifth, pitcher Race Gardner looked to quickly end the inning to prevent more damage, but no before the Bombers scored on a single to the left as they advanced their lead to 7-2.
So Cal continued their explosive trend as they fired another two-run bomb to left in the top of the sixth with one outs on the board. Though the Bombers extended their lead over the Sentinels to 9-2, Arroyo Seco answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning with a groundout RBI by Kritsch to make the score 9-3.
Arroyo Seco sent in their fourth pitcher, Garrett Hill, in the top half of the seventh but with one out and bases loaded, So Cal brought home two runners with a bloop single to center field as the score moved to 11-3.
Matt McElligott took over the mound at the top of the eighth and had a scoreless outing, as Arroyo Seco looked for some ninth inning magic.
With no outs, Joe Morin forced a bases loaded walk to bring home River Fawley for a run. Brock Bell followed with a sacrifice fly to center to bring the score to 11-5, but the small rally was ended with a double play.
After the first Bombers home run, Manager Justin Togeas tried to prevent it from happening with another approach. “I was trying to minimize as much as we could, just in the long run we couldn’t locate our fast ball today and they took advantage of it,” Togeas said.
The Sentinels travel to Cal Poly Pomona for a non-league contest versus the Inland Valley Bucs on Thursday at 6 p.m.