WEST VALLEY - The Huskies baseball team missed out on opportunities to score some runs in their doubleheader at West Valley Saturday, April 6, resulting in a 0-3 loss in game one and a 5-6 loss in the second. Going into the matchup, head coach Larry Gonzalez knew the Rams would pose a tough challenge and it would have required his team to score every chance they got - it just didn't work out that way. "They put some runners in motion and were able to get some key hits to score some runs and basically, we didn't," Gonzalez said. "We had runners in scoring position I think three or four times, but we weren't able to get a hit to score a run." Apart from West Valley's three-run third inning, it was a defensive battle the whole game. Gonzalez said his team did a respectable job at fielding, but the Rams were able to put together a scoring rally with some smart hitting. "West Valley's a good-hitting team and once they got runners in position ... they were able to get stuff done," he said. "At the same time, we weren't able to so we were a couple hits away from it being an even closer game than it was." Starting pitcher Andrew Montemayor got off to a good start and located pitches to keep West Valley's bats at bay, Gonzalez said. The Rams were able to adjust to him somewhat in the third inning and got some of the few hits of the game, but Gonzalez said he was happy the way his sophomore pitcher kept his composure. "You're going into West Valley, in their park, and for the most part, he was locating really well the first few innings," he said. "They adjusted to him and that's what I ask our players to do ... they just did a little bit better adjustment than we did and they were able to get some hits that inning." Lately, the Huskies have been efficient at the plate and Gonzalez hoped their batting would come through at some point in game one to back up their pitcher. "For the most part I think Andrew was doing great," he said. "Any time a pitcher gives up three runs we should be able to - if we're hitting like we can - three runs shouldn't be a very big deal." The Rams' pitching kept Othello off-balance this time and Othello's last chance to score in the seventh with a runner at third didn't pan out. Junior Randy Gomez was at third base and Juston Lind hit a grounder and was thrown out at first. Gomez tried to sneak home, but a nice throw and a big collision with the catcher got the last out of the game and left Othello to come up with a plan to score in game two. Scoreboard West Valley 003 000 0 - 3 Othello 000 000 0 - 0
Five run second inning gives way to West Valley come back After a scoreless first inning in game two, Othello put their bats to work in the second and scored five runs. West Valley's pitcher struggled with some walks and provided Othello an opportunity to cause some damage with the bases loaded. With one out, Lind hit a bases-clearing triple to get the score up to 4-0 after an earlier run was scored. Montemayor hit in Lind in the next at-bat and gave Othello a big head start. Unfortunately for the Huskies, that was the end of the majority of their offense for the day. "That was really the only inning the whole day we were able to get multiple hits in an inning," Gonzalez said. "In that game, as well, we had other opportunities we could have scored runs in, but we couldn't get that hit to keep the inning going and score more runs." Senior pitcher Rey Arredondo took over on the mound in game two and West Valley scored a run in the third and another in the fourth. Before the sixth and seventh innings, Gonzalez said Arredondo did a good job of holding them at bay. The Rams scored one more time in the sixth, but found more opportunities in the final inning. West Valley got a hit off Arredondo to start off the seventh and got another on off a walk. Gonzalez said he was able to regain focus and got two outs, but not before the Rams got runners on second and third. The Rams' second-to-last batter got a good pitch and drove it down the line to tie it up 5-5. "I always told our guys that late in the game, we're always supposed to be guarding the line to not let those runs (through)," Gonzalez said. "But, that's just exactly what happened ... it just took the wind out of our sails." West Valley's last batter in the lineup drove in the game-winning RBI between second and third base. "In a big game like that we need to do anything and everything possible to knock that ball down and try to make a play," Gonzalez said about the Rams' winning hit. "Not being defensively tough (late in the game) was what cost us." Othello now holds a 4-4 league record and Gonzalez looks forward to building more consistency at the plate in time for their home game against Grandview Saturday at 11 a.m. "We should be able to get our sticks going," he said. "Hopefully, it gets us going for the second half because technically, it's the second half of the season and we need to be cleaning up all those things we've been working on in the first half."
Scoreboard West Valley 001 101 3 - 6 Othello 050 000 0 - 5