Braves beat Tigers on questionable call in diamond squeaker

It was a mixed result at San Carlos on Friday, March 29. The Tiger softball varsity and Junior Varsity teams triumphed as expected, 14-4 for the Varsity in five innings and the Junior Varsity 24-1. 

In baseball, San Carlos edged Globe out 11-10 at the top of the seventh inning amid a contentious scene surrounding a call by the umpire that the runner had not touched second on the way home with the tying run. From the second inning to the end of the game, though, Globe was playing catch-up.

In the first inning, No. 5 James Carrillo and No. 3 Seth Durbin singled. No. 15 Damon Encizo grounded to shortstop, No. 13 Charles Mendoza who tossed the ball to No. 23 Jamie Cook on second for the force-out. Braves’ pitcher No. 7 Eliah Victor struck out Tigers’ No. 8 Seth Fane for the second out, but shortstop No. 20 John Denver’s single brought Durbin in from third base to score the first Tiger run. 

Encizo advanced to third, but he and Carrillo were left on base when No. 14 Jacob Sukosky grounded to first leading into the bottom of the first inning. Victor was not walking many batters, but they were hitting off him.

The Braves got one on base when No. 17 Lucas Zospah was hit by a pitch. But Victor and Mendoza flied out and first baseman No. 25 Ivan Stevens went down swinging. The score was still 1-0, Tigers. But Victor struck the Tigers out 1-2-3 in the top of the second, so they were not able to increase their lead.

Then the Braves took full advantage of the difficulties the Tiger pitchers were having. The first pitcher, Michael Marquez, walked three batters and gave up three hits and three runs before his replacement by Denver, who walked two and gave up a walk-in run and a stand-up double by third baseman Ty Whitesinger that cleared the bases and brought the score to 7-1 for San Carlos. Each Tiger pitcher hit a batter in the inning.

Globe spent the third inning doggedly working to make up a six-run deficit. After Carrillo struck out, Durbin hit the slow grounder up the left field line that the third baseman could not get to fast enough to throw Durbin out at first. Then freshman Encizo treated Victor to an inside-the-park home run, bringing Durbin home with him to make the score 7-3. After Victor struck out the next batter, Denver hit a stand-up triple. Sukosky followed up with a single sending Denver home and No. 11 Trace Hill came up to bat. Hill struck out but not before Sukosky tried to steal second. The throw from catcher went into center field, letting Sukosky make it all the way home from second base for the fourth Tiger run.

San Carlos started the bottom of the third only two ahead, at 7-5. They were unable to increase their lead, but Globe was unable to score in the top of the fourth. Ben Thompson popped to catcher, Marquez struck out and Carrillo grounded out to the shortstop.

In the bottom of the fourth, Ivan Stevens and Whitesinger walked. Elijah Bullis struck out, but Mario Martinez singled to right field loading the bases for DeAndre Dude who brought them all in with a standup triple. Braves No.16 Xavior Classay struck out to end the inning with the score standing 10-5 San Carlos

In the top of the fifth, the Tigers continued their comeback. Durbin tripled; No. 13 Jace O’Connor got to first on an error while Durbin came in for Globe’s first run. Fane struck out but Encizo stole second and Denver singled bringing him in for the second run. No. 17 Coben Oddonetto got on first when San Carlos threw wildly to home in an attempt to keep Denver from scoring. Victor caught a pop fly for the second out, but Encizo took over as pitcher to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, with Denver pitching, Xafior Hooke struck out but Mendoza scored a triple and TayAndre Wright walked, putting runners on first and third. A balk then advanced both runners bringing in the 11th and final run for San Carlos. So, the score was 11-8 San Carlos. 

In the top of the sixth, Carillo and Durbin singled and O’Connor brought them in with a double. The score was now 11-10 with San Carlos just one run ahead. 

In the bottom of the sixth, Bullis struck out but Martinez singled and stole round to third but was left on base when Dude struck out and Classay was out at first.

In the top of the seventh came the Tigers’ last chance. Sukosky doubled and as the San Carlos right fielder Bullis caught Oddonetto’s long fly; Sukosky ran from second clear to home plate apparently tying the game 11-11.

But that was not to be since he had not stepped on third base and was thrown out after he had reached the Globe dugout. This ignited the Globe coach, who engaged in a vehement argument with the home base umpire.

The next batter struck out ending the game. For all the trouble that Globe had with walkathons and Victor had with frequent base hits, it was a competitive game with many pretty hits and deft fielding. If there was no joy in Mudville for Globe, there was a mountain of joy for San Carlos after being beaten up regularly all season.

Globe’s next home game against Miami will no doubt present a challenge, but on April 24 they will have another go at San Carlos in Globe and a chance for revenge. The Tiger softball team will be better matched against the Lady Vandals on April 2 who will be seeking revenge against them.

Globe Coach Nathan Morales has to be restrained by another coach when a questionable call killed a rally for the hard-luck Tigers.


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