The Analy Tigers used four pitchers in the sixth inning to try to hold back the eruption of 12 runs by the Greyhounds in what was a close game for five and a half innings.
But in the bottom of the sixth inning, each of the Analy pitchers struggled to stop the Hounds who sent 15 batters to the plate. The game ended when Nick Mariani’s towering hit fell between the left and center fielders of Analy, ending the game.
Kevin MacLachlan was the starting pitcher for Healdsburg and worked through the first two innings without giving up a hit. In the third inning, the Tigers scored four runs through four singles and a walk. Healdsburg came back in the bottom of the third with two runs of their own with a single by Max Opperman, a double by Joey Miller and a two-run double by Mark Grover.
Max Opperman came in to pitch in the top of the fourth inning for the Greyhounds and pitched 3 shutout innings leading up to the fateful sixth. For the first five innings of the game, Analy pitcher, Augie Houlemard gave up only the two runs and three hits in the third inning. He was able to keep the Hounds off balance with an excellent mix of fastballs, curves, and change-ups. However in the final inning, the Tigers allowed four walks, four hits, and committed four errors leading to the 12 runs and the 10-run rule ending the game.
Max Opperman was 2 for 4 and scored two runs
Joey Miller was 2 for 4 and scored two runs
Mark Grover was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI’s and one run scored
Kevin MacLachlan was 0 for 1 but was on base three times and scored two runs
Ryan Rochioli was walked twice
Dustin Taylor was 1 for 2, walked twice and had two RBI’s
Joe Madarus got a hit and RBI and Nick Mariani batted twice in the sixth inning and because of Analy errors, helped score three runs for the Hounds
The Hounds played two different types of games this week but in both games, they showed depth throughout their lineup, strength in pitching, aggressive base running, and tight defense. This bodes well for the SCL season, especially future road games.
Once again, the newly refurbished Clarence Rounavaara Stadium at Recreation Park was filled with over 150 baseball faithful from both schools as they huddled under blankets and winter coats in 48-degree temperature.
It was clearly the spring version of Friday Night Lights here in Healdsburg.
Richard Bugarske announces Greyhound home games and his statistics are not official. Each team keeps their own official stats.