||Last Updated: Feb 4, 2015 - 12:35:55 PM
Trailing by a run in the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday, No. 5 Feather River was down to its last out in the second game of a Golden Valley Conference doubleheader at the Arcata Ballpark, then rallied for four runs to beat the College of the Redwoods baseball team 12-9 to complete the sweep.
The Golden Eagles shut out CR 5-0 in the opener.
“We’re a team that continues to live on the edge and when you do that against a good team like Feather River, bad things are going to happen,” said CR head coach Bob Brown. “We were one pitch away from beating a very good team and we let it slip away.”
After being shut down in the opener by Feather River starting pitcher Brandon Erickson, who went 7.2 innings with nine strikeouts, no walks and three hits allowed for the win, the Corsairs bounced back in the nightcap.
CR, which beat Feather River 11-7 back on March 8 for its first GVC win, took a 4-0 lead in the second inning after Eagles’ pitchers walked five consecutive batters and the Corsairs scored three runs on only one hit.
Feather River finally answered in the top of the fourth inning as its first four batters reached base (three singles and a walk) and all came around to score to tie the game 4-4.
The Eagles added a single run in the fifth for a 5-4 lead, and then CR plated five runs in the bottom of the fifth on only two hits as center fielder Ansel Cecil delivered a bases-clearing triple, which scored two runners who had been previously hit by a pitch to give the Corsairs a 9-5 lead.
Still not done, however, the Golden Eagles scored three in the sixth to make it 9-8 and keep the pressure on CR.
Although the Corsairs rallied in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with no outs and appearing to retake control, Feather River pulled the ace out of its sleeve.
Closing pitcher Kody Kuhlman came out of the bullpen early and retired the next 12 batters in order with four strikeouts.
CR led 9-8 in the top of the ninth inning and recorded the first out without incident.
Then a walked batter and a single put two base runners aboard, but CR got the second out of the inning on a pop-up to second base.
An infield single loaded the bases for Feather River, and with two outs, a surprise drag bunt worked to perfection and the Eagles tied the game 9-9.
Then Feather River had an RBI single, took advantage of a CR error and had an RBI double to score four runs and retake the lead for good.
“They played like a confident team,” Brown said. “Like a team that expected to win. You just knew they weren’t going to go away quietly and they didn’t. But we did.”
Kuhlman struck out the final two batters in the bottom of the ninth and the Corsairs lost their 12th game this season by three runs or less.
After the sweep, the Corsairs fall to 4-12 in the GVC and 5-22 overall and will play next in a doubleheader at Siskiyous on Saturday at noon.
Wednesday’s Box Scores
Feather River 5, Redwoods 0
Feather- 023 000 000- 5 6 1
Redwoods- 000 000 000- 0 5 0
LP- Patrick, 2.1 IP, 3 BB, 0 K
Hitting- (CR) Cecil 1-4; Props 2-3; Matyshock 1-3, 2B, Hatch 1-1
Feather River 12, Redwoods 9
Feather- 000 413 004- 12 18 3
Redwoods- 130 050 000- 9 6 2
LP- Hatch, 1 IP, BB, 0 K
Hitting- (CR) Cecil 1-3, 3B, BB, 3 RBI; Frazier 2-3, RBI, R, SB, 2 BB; Wood 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Stearns 0-2, 2 BB, RBI; Gutierrez 2-5, 2 R; 0-4, BB, R; Props 0-3, BB, RBI
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