||Last Updated: Feb 4, 2015 - 12:35:55 PM
There were 34 hits and 31 runs scored between College of the Redwoods and Shasta on Friday in a Golden Valley Conference baseball game in Redding.
The visiting Corsairs got the short end of the stick, losing 16-15.
“It wasn’t a pitchers’ duel, let’s put it that way,” said CR head coach Bob Brown, whose Corsairs led 4-1 in the second and then came from behind to tie or take the lead four different times only to come up short in the end. “It was just one of those back-and-forth games with a bunch of momentum shifts and unfortunately we just couldn’t get it done.”
CR (3-6 in the GVC and 4-16 overall) had 16 hits in the game as five different players had multiple hits, led by Cameron Wood and Chris Gutierrez, who each had three-hit games, including a double and 2 RBIs.
CR’s Ansel Cecil and Juston Frazier each had two-hit games, combining for seven runs scored.
The offensive onslaught started early as CR took a 4-1 lead in the top of the second inning, only to allow a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame.
Then Shasta piled on in the bottom of the third, plating five runs for an 8-4 lead.
“We just couldn’t get that shutdown inning when we needed it,” Brown said. “It seemed like every time we got up on them we just couldn’t follow that up with solid defense.”
CR had three errors in the game, while Shasta, which had 16 runs on 18 hits, committed four defensive errors.
The Corsairs rallied to score three runs in the top of the fourth, four runs in the sixth and a single run in the top of the seventh to tie the game 12-12.
Shasta answered again with three runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 15-12 lead, but the Corsairs responded with three in the top of the eighth to tie the score again at 15.
Shasta’s winning run scored on a sac-fly in the bottom of the eighth as relief pitcher James Slade took the loss, striking out one with no walks in two innings of work.
“Coming from an old-school pitcher, it was not a fun game to manage,” Brown said. “The upside was we really hit the ball well and the bats are starting to come around, but defensively we just couldn’t get that shutdown inning and it cost us.”
The Corsairs will finish the three-game series at Shasta on Saturday in a doubleheader at noon.
Friday’s Box Score
Shasta 16, Redwoods 15
Redwoods- 130 304 130- 15 16 3
Shasta- 125 310 31x- 16 18 4
LP- Slade 2 IP, 1 K, 0 BB, 2 H
Hitting- (CR) Cecil 2-4, 3B, 3 R, Frazier 2-3, 4 R, 2 RBI; Gutierrez 3-6, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B; Stearns 1-5, 3 RBI, R, 2B; Props 2-6, 2 R; Wood 3-5, 2 RBI, 2B, R; Hatch 1-3, Pachano 1-4: Nessler 1-1, RBI, R; Matyshock 0-4, R
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