Exeter takes win in 12-inning battle with Lindsay

Last week in baseball, Exeter dropped the Cardinals in a 12 inning battle that closed 4-2 after four Monarch singles and a Cardinal error in the closing inning.

It was a tense contest typical of Exeter-Lindsay games. Exeter had eeked out a one run lead going into the seventh inning and even scored an insurance run in the top of the 7th. But Lindsay came roaring back to score in the bottom to tie the game.

Both starting pitchers Beau Whitlock for Exeter and Abel Gamboa pitched well, but the tide changed in the 9th when both teams made pitching changes. Exeter's Chris Mayabb came in and continued where Whitlock had left off and shut down the Cardinals. Four successive singles by Chris Mayabb, Beau Whitlock, Aaron Thomas and Luis Balderas and a throwing error by Lindsay resulted in two Exeter runs. In the waning light Mayabb sandwiched two strikeouts around a lone hit to seal the victory.

Before the Lindsay game, Chris Mayabb won his first game of the year and the week when the Monarchs defeated Coalinga 9-3 in a make up game last Monday. The Monarchs scored early and often with good hitting and good defense, said Monarch coach Steve Garver. Morgan Munger hit four of four for 4 runs and a single RBI.

Mayabb hit three of three with a double for two runs.

In their final game of the week, the Monarchs fell to Orosi 3-1.

Squandering a good pitching performance by Robert Gutierrez, the Monarchs couldn't muster enough runs against Orosi's Bryan Gonzalez. The Monarch batters hit the ball hard, but it usually was directed at an Orosi fielder. A hit batter and two walks loaded the bases for Bryan Gonzales who responded with what appeared to be a grand slam. After an appeal play by Exeter catcher Morgan Munger, the umpire ruled that the first Orosi runner failed to touch home plate. The grand slam turned into a three run home run, but it was enough to beat the Monarchs.

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