After a scoreless first inning that featured a foul ball bouncing into the face of Tiger No. 5 James Carrillo, Globe’s baseball season continued to swirl down the drain in a 13-0 loss, the foul off the plate acting as a metaphor for Globe’s season.
The Tigers held fast through the first two innings. The bats were silent, but defensively, they looked like a team on the verge of coming together. But after two quick strikeouts in the top of the third and a Miner drive to center field featuring two errors on the play, the game began to come unwound for Globe.
Another error put a runner on first, but Tiger pitcher No. 13 Jace O’Connor made a crafty pickoff move that caught Miner No. 1 Benny Laguna off guard. The Tigers escaped the third with a score of 1-0 Miners.
It was the last bit of hope for the Tigers and after a quick bottom of the third, the floodgates opened for Miner scoring in the top of the fourth.
The inning began with a single by Miner pitcher No. 3 Javy Tamayo. Some crisp fielding on a grounder by Miner No. 13 Louis Chavez put Tamayo on second, but from that point on, Globe’s fate was sealed.
No. 15 Christian Estrada drew a walk and a double steal followed by a walk to No. 4 Kevin Carter set the table for Miner No. 12 Isaiah Sanchez, who doubled to make the score 3-0 San Manuel.
A quick strikeout to No. 8 Riley Gilies made it two outs with runners at second and third, but a pair of errors on a grounder by No. 2 Julian Rodriguez made the score 5-0 after four.
A quiet fifth with only one Miner run to make it 6-0 was the lull before the storm though and in the top of the sixth San Manuel batted around and then some.
An error to deep center put Miner’s Carter on third base and a wild pitch brought him in for the first of seven runs in the inning. A barrage of hits, with several defensive miscues, made the base paths resemble a merry-go-round. When it was all said and done, 12 Miners came to the plate and after Globe went meekly in the sixth, the mercy rule was once again put into effect for a score of 13-0 Miners.
The Tigers are now 1-9, the only win coming against Hayden on March 20 by a score of 14-7.
Five of the Tigers’ losses have come by way of the mercy rule, but there are signs of progress for the young Globe team.
Following the Hayden victory, Coach Nathan Morales saw the team coming together, despite occasional setbacks.
“It was a great team win. We had great effort throughout the game,” he said. “Our pitching did a great job and we got hits when we needed them. We look forward to keep progressing throughout the season.”
That progress was on display the first three innings of the San Manuel game, but once the floodgates opened it was put on hold for one more game.