Sun Devils play two dramatic games in Joe DiMaggio WS
CARSON CITY – On a day when the temperature was 100 degrees plus and the action on the field was just as heated with every close call coming under scrutiny, Sierra Sun Devils manager Nick Kuster was left with of all things, goose bumps.
“Goose bumps all day,” Kuster said.
It was a goose bump kind of day for the Sun Devils, who stayed alive in the Joe DiMaggio World Series on Monday with a come-from-behind 13-12 win in eight innings over San Carlos, Calif., at John L. Harvey Field. The Sun Devils overcame a 12-4 deficit over the final two innings thanks to Jordan Hadlock’s dramatic grand slam home run in the bottom of the seventh inning that tied the score at 12.
The Sun Devils and San Bruno, Calif., then played another dramatic game with San Bruno winning 11-10 in the bottom of the seventh. San Bruno advanced to today’s championship round while the Sun Devils were eliminated. San Bruno will play the Tri-County Gamblers at 10 a.m. today at John L. Harvey Field.
“Our team had a lot of heart,” Kuster said. “We’re very proud of them.”
The Sun Devils scored six runs in the third to take a 6-2 lead only to see San Bruno come back to tie the game 6-6. But the Sun Devils scored three runs in the fifth, with Stephen Yarrow’s two-run double giving the Sun Devils a 9-6 lead.
But the Sun Devils made one of their four errors in the bottom of the fifth that led to two runs for San Bruno, cutting the lead to 9-8. David Leid and Roman Davis singled and Phil Mannelly followed with an RBI single to give the Sun Devils a 10-8 lead in the sixth. But San Bruno scored twice in the sixth to tie it, and then won it on Jim Parque’s walk-off single in the seventh.
Yarrow, a South Tahoe High product, had two hits and four RBI for the Sun Devils. W
Against San Carlos, Hadlock’s grand slam tied the score 12-12 in the bottom of the seventh. “Hadlock’s bomb in the first game I think every coach said here it goes and it happens,” Royle said. “He came up big for us. That was a big pick up for us.”
In the bottom of the eighth, Mannelly singled and Yarrow and Hadlock walked to load the bases. Otto Trebotich then walked to force in the winning run.
Trebotich, who just finished his freshman season at STHS, contributed four RBI. His two-run single in the second inning gave the Sun Devils a 2-0 lead.
Scott Greene pitched the last three innings for the win. Hadlock had two hits and five RBI, Davis had two hits and Trebotich added four RBI for the Sun Devils. Tony Cooper had three hits and Jarrod Hopper and Kyle Quinn each had two hits for San Carlos.
“They battled,” said Kuster about his team. “They played for themselves and they played well.”
Notes: Despite throwing on Monday, Gonzalez would be a definite candidate to be used again today. Among the definite candidates for Tri-County is Alex Thomson, who was the winning pitcher for Tri-County in its opener.