Gino Dericco allowed four hits, two walks, struck out eight and faced only 30 batters on a cool and windy Tuesday night at Art McCaffrey Field at
The newly refurbished was filled with close to 300 fans from Windsor and Healdsburg and they were treated to an exciting game that turned on a four-run outburst by the Greyhounds in the bottom of the second inning.
After Windsor’s lead-off hitter, Lorenzo Camarena, flew out to end the game, Dericco received a loud ovation from the crowd especially HHS Junior, Chenae McCann, who Dericco asked to the prom via the PA announcer in the middle of the fifth inning.
“At this time I’d like to send a message out to a special someone in the audience from #7, Gino Dericco…..Chenae, I was wondering if you would like to go to the prom with me?........What do you say?............ Of course, she said 'yes.'
The Hounds themselves only had five hits for the game, but put four of them together in the second inning to score four runs.
The inning began and ended with strikeouts but in between, Elliot North, Ryan Rochioli, Max Opperman and Mark Grover each had solid hits with Mark Grover’s hit driving in two runs.
The final run for the Hounds came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Kevin Maclachlan led of with a hit, moved to second and then third and then scored on a perfectly executed delayed steal of home.
Dericco had the Jaguar hitters off balance all evening and tight defense backing him up kept Windsor runners from even getting into scoring position.
Fun game facts:
Joey Miller, Hounds starting shortstop, walked three times.
Ryan Rochioli was hit by pitches two times.
In six of seven innings, Windsor sent exactly four batters to the plate and in the other inning, they only sent three.
The Hounds' next home game is this Friday at 7 p.m .against Analy High School. Clarence Ruonavaara Stadium was originally built in 1923 and now, 88 years later, is in the middle of a half-million-dollar rehabilitation project.
The stadium is the place to be on game nights with great baseball, cheering fans, and the feel of a stadium that has been given a new lease on life and remains “The Sweetest Little Ballpark in Northern California.”