Expos drop opener on trip to Oregon

By From page B2 | June 11, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Fairfield Expos American Legion team opened its trip the Oregon by dropping a 10-4 decision to the Grants Pass Nuggets, Tuesday.

The Expos (14-5-1) jumped to a 3-0 after two innings, but the Nuggets took the lead for good at 7-3 after a four-run bottom of the sixth.

Jake Hedrick (2 for 4, RBI) and Jack Gamba (2 for 3) led the attack for the  Expos. Cameron Michael added a solo home run and Nate Minster drove in two runs.

Troy Nixon, the second of four Expos pitchers, took the loss in relief of starter Payton Tyler, who scattered six hits and struck out five over the first four innings.

The Expos travel to Eugene to take on the Eugene Challengers on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Collegiate baseball

Indians halt skid, win three of four

FAIRFIELD — After opening the season 0-7, the Fairfield Indians collegiate baseball team won three of four over the weekend.

The Indians (3-8, 1-1 Sacramento Rural League) split a doubleheader with Next Level Baseball at Yuba City on Saturday, winning the opener 7-0 before dropping the night cap 9-6.

On Sunday, the Indians swept the Valley Bears of Fresno at Allan Witt Park, taking the opener 11-10 by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth and the second game 5-1.

In Saturday’s 7-0 win, Ben Monroe went the first seven innings to get the win, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out two. Francisco Avilez finished up with two scoreless innings.

The Tyler Hall went 2 for 5 and Rupert Watson 2 for 4 with each getting two RBIs, as did Danny Mills.

In the second game, Watson and Bryce Hutchings each had two hits, with Watson and Tyler Hall doubling.

In Sunday’s opener, the Indians trailed 10-8 heading into the bottom of the ninth. Damien Marshall and Mills singled with one out. Pinch-hitter Andrew Wheat then doubled to score Marshall and Hutchings followed with a single up the middle to plate Mills and Wheat for the victory.

Hutchings and Chris McCollister each went 3 for 4 with Mills driving in four runs and Rupert Watson two.

The Indians jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings in the second game and never looked back. Nate Gerckin gave up just one hit and one run while striking out eight over the first 5 2-3 innings before leaving with leg cramps. Avilez allowed one hit over the final 1 1-3 innings to close things out.

Lamar Smith went 2 for 3 to lead the Indians’ attack.

The Indians host the Bay Area Tide on Wednesday at Allan Witt Park at 7 p.m.

Daily Republic staff


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