This Week in MB Baseball: Wildcats Take Down Top Team... Again
Apr 29, 2016 11:13AM ● Published by DigMB Staff
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Majors Wildcats Take Down Another Top TeamThe Manhattan Beach Little League regular season is winding down now, with most Majors teams having just 2 or 3 games left.
The standings show parity across the 10 Majors teams, with 9 of 10 having at least 3 wins. There is no runaway team, and there is potential for any lower-ranked team to catapult to the top of the standings by the time the playoffs start. And before you write off the last-place Wildcats, they’re showing that they’ve got something to say.
In two of their last three games, the Wildcats have taken down the top-ranked Fightin’ Irish (who were undefeated at the time) and the Sun Devils, who led the league when the first pitch was thrown Tuesday.
Wlidcats pitcher Jimi Hernandez hurled 2 2/3rds innings of no-hit ball, surrendering just one walk, and notching strikeouts for seven of his eight outs. The Wildcats' defense was electrified by a highlight-reel diving catch by center fielder Jay Moraytis.
The mostly silent Sun Devils managed just one hit all game, but it was a well-timed hit by Lou Guerrero in the 4th, which followed a walk and fielding error to get the Sun Devils on the board with two runs. A third run scored on an error, and it was 3-3.
While their opponents mostly went quietly, the Wildcats’ bats were hot. Nine batters got hits, contributing to their 11 hits total. Extra-base smashes in the last inning helped to win the game.
Entering the top of the 6th inning tied, the Wildcats got off to a great start with a leadoff triple by Garrett Baliton. He scored the go-ahead on an infield out. With a runner on later, Alfredo Barrios doubled to add an insurance run, making it 5-3.
Dylan Evans pitched the bottom of the 6th, getting three outs from the Sun Devils quickly on a strikeout and two groundouts to preserve the victory.