FAIRFIELD — The starting pitchers in the Fairfield-Rodriguez high school baseball game had a grand total of no decisions to their credit entering Friday’s game in nine combined appearances – and a pitcher’s dual broke out.
In only his second outing and first start, Richard Lindsay allowed one run and six hits over five innings and Albert Jakubiszen gave him all the runs he’d need in a 2-1 nonleague victory at Rodriguez.
“He’s a position player pitching,” Mustangs coach Jason Chatham said. “It was the end of the week, it was our fourth game in four days. I didn’t want to burn into our pitching.”
Lindsay made it so he didn’t have to, giving up only a run in the second inning while striking out two and walking none.
“He’s an experienced pitcher with the (Fairfield) Expos,” Chatham said. “He has a little bit of moxie. He’s not afraid of the big moment. . . He did everything we asked and did a great job.”
So did Junior Ortega, who was nearly as solid for the Falcons. The freshman allowed just five hits and struck out six, but walked five, two of which turned into Rodriguez’s runs.
“You’ve got to go with what you have,” Falcons coach Willie Bible said. “That was a freshman pitching up there. It’s a lot of work, but he’s coming along real strong.”
JP San Antonio led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk, took second on Nate Minster’s single to right, stole third and scored on Jakubiszen’s line drive single to center.
Fairfield (2-16) tied it in the second inning when Demoriaye Hart-Spikes singled up the middle, stole second, took third on Cory Webb’s ground out and came when Bobby Meadows lined a single to right.
It stayed tied until the bottom of the third when Minster led off with a walk and came all the way around when Jakubiszen’s ripped a double to right-center.
“Our offense did just enough today,” Chatham said. “Andrew Jakubiszen did a phenomenal job. He came up big for us. Our offense is less potent than Rodriguez teams of the past. We’ve had to find ways to win, be creative.”
Fairfield got runners into scoring position in the second, third and seventh innings, but couldn’t score. The Falcons also appeared to get a runner to second in the fifth inning, but Derek Ewing, who had successfully stolen second, was called out on batter’s interference.
Davy Rasmussen and Connor Lango each pitch a scoreless inning to wrap things up for the Mustangs (9-13), the latter getting the save.
The Mustangs are looking to make the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the eighth straight year, needing any combination of wins over Armijo or Vintage losses to Napa in the final week of the season.
Fairfield, meanwhile, is looking to the future.
“I have a very young team,” Bible said. “I’m looking for big things next year. . . . They’re not giving up. Though they lost 2-1, we’ll take that when the first game was 14-1 and they were holding up. People actually play against us now.”
To the last out on Friday.
Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.