Mudcats keep rolling by closing down Merchants

By From page B2 | June 21, 2014

VACAVILLE — The Solano Mudcats collegiate baseball team improved to 9-1 with a 6-3 victory over the Alameda Merchants, despite being outhit 10-9, Thursday, at Will C. Wood.

The Merchants stranded 13 runners, allowing the Mudcats to hold the lead from the start.

Nick Perez got the offense started as he brought in the first run with a double in the first inning. The Mudcats added two runs in the second when Matt Smith drew a walk to score Gordie Clary, who earlier singled in Hudson Bishop to start the scoring.

After the Mudcats pushed across two more runs in the top of the fifth, the Merchants closed the deficit to 5-2 after two RBI-singles. A wild pitch from the Mudcats allowed Alameda to score its last run, but Solano pitcher AJ Quintero made Shea Harrison fly out to end the game.

Quintero got the win for the Mudcats as he went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Big seventh inning lifts Indians past Chili Gods

FAIRFIELD — A seven-run seventh inning powered the Fairfield Indians to a 12-5 victory over the Sonoma County Chili Gods in American Amateur Baseball Congress play, Thursday.

In its big inning, the Indians (6-9, 4-1 AABC) sent 10 batters to the plate, two singles, two walks, a hit batter and a double from Dareion Watson. The last run of the game came in the eighth as Timmion Hughes tripled, later scoring on a single from Lamar Smith.

Facing a 4-1 deficit after 5 1/2 innings, the Indians tied it up after a three-run sixth inning that was sparked by a lead-off double from Bryce Hutchings. After a single from Andrew Wheat, Rupert Watson hit a double that scored Hutchings and Wheat. Mark Mills later singled to plate Watson.

Kurt Bluford earned the win with two innings of relief, allowing no runs on one hit with a strikeout.

Hughes was 2 for 2 at the plate with two RBIs and two steals, while Mills was 3 for 3 with an RBI.

The Indians have won six of their last eight games and host AB Baseball in a doubleheader on Sunday at Allan Witt Park at 11 a.m..

Daily Republic staff


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