Marauders outlast the Trail Blazers

Monache’s Maddox Miguel pitches against Golden West.(Kason Clark)

Monache baseball defeats Golden West 14-10 to even the season series 1-1, both teams now stand at 1-1 early in the East Yosemite League season

PORTERVILLE – This past Friday night, Golden West and Monache baseball went at it. Through the course of the game, the Trail Blazers and Marauders exchanged runs back and forth. But after losing to Golden West earlier in the week, Monache needed the win more.

With the game tied 6-6 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Marauders broke it open with seven runs in the inning to take a 13-6 lead. The Trail Blazers kept battling, but the Marauders held on for the 14-10 win at home on March 15.

“It was a hard-fought game by both teams. Golden West did a great job of not giving in and kept battling. And I think we did a really good job today of doing the same,” Monache head coach Jacob Williams said. “It just showed a lot of grit by our guys to keep battling, keep fighting and ultimately pull it off.”

The Marauders are now 7-3 this season and are off to a 1-1 start to East Yosemite League play this spring. After losing Golden West, 8-3, earlier this week, Monache needed to get this win in order to stay competitive in the league standings.

“This is a major win for us. I know it set the tone for us as a team,” Monache senior Colton Isom said. “Our team showed a lot of fight. I know pitching was a bit of a struggle for us today but overall, I think the bats came through and everyone on the team really did a good job today.”

The Marauders got the fireworks started in the first inning. Jayson Castillo gave Monache a 1-0 lead with an RBI double to center field. Tyson Chavez kept it rolling with a single to left field to drive in another run for a 2-0 lead.

But the Trail Blazers responded in the top of the second. Javier Bonilla got Golden West on the board with an RBI single to center. Alfredo Enriquez then tied the game with an RBI double. Santino Alaniz capped off the inning with a double to drive in two runs to give Golden West a 4-2 advantage.

The Marauders eventually responded in the third inning. With the bases loaded, Chavez was hit with a pitch to drive in a run. A wild pitch then allowed another runner to score to tie the game. Mathew Rivas gave Monache a 5-4 lead with a sacrifice fly to drive in a runner.

The Trail Blazers caught fire again at the plate in the fourth inning. Thanks to back-to-back hits from Enriquez and Alaniz, Golden West scored a pair of runs to take a 6-5 lead. Along with the eight runs the Trail Blazers scored against Monache earlier in the week, they just had the bats rolling and took advantage of Monache’s mistakes

“Golden West did a great job,” Williams said. “They just found the barrel, found holes and it worked for them. We made some mistakes so they took advantage of that. They’re a great baseball team and they’re well coached.”

In the bottom of the fourth, the Marauders tied the game, 6-6, thanks to an RBI double from Ethan Giannetto. The Marauders then took control in the fifth inning. Thanks to a bunt from Evan Flowers, Chavez scored to give Monache the lead. Back-to-back singles from Giannetto and Ty Baxter drove in another three runs to give Monache a 10-6 lead.

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(Kason Clark)

Even with the lead, the Marauders kept pouring it on. Maddox Miguel extended the lead with an RBI single to left field. Isom then crushed a two-run home run to left field to give Monache a 13-6 lead. After only scoring three runs against Golden West earlier in the week, the Marauders had now found a spark at the plate.

“We bought into our mentality,” Isom said about their offense. “This year, we have a bunch of young guys and I think our older guys started to buy in and see a little bit and once we bought in, we saw what happened.”

Golden West scored a couple runs in the top of the sixth trying to keep pace. But Monache responded with another run in the bottom of the inning to take a 14-8 lead. The Trail Blazers kept battling as they scored another pair of runs in the seventh, but the Marauders got the last out to secure the victory.

As the Marauders head into the rest of their league season, they will be looking to build off this win against the Trail Blazers. After seeing his team do everything from bunting to stealing to running the bases in the win, Williams hopes to see the Marauders continue to do that going forward.

“The big thing for us is to just keep doing the little things,” Williams said. “We were willing to do those things instead of just going station to station and waiting for the big hit. So I think if we can keep that identity and keep pressure on teams, we’re going to be in a really good spot and we’ll definitely be competitive moving forward.”

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