2016-05-19 / Sports

MCHS baseball advances to section final

Matt Johnson

There comes a time in nearly every team's season where the team is required to step up with its back against the wall.

With a big hole to climb out of after losing 7-6 just three days prior, the Mariposa County High School baseball team overcame the odds to win 4-1 and 3-1 in their best of three series against Bradshaw Christian on Tuesday, May 24.

“It was definitely a pitchers and defensive battle,” said MCHS coach Justin Kleinsmith.

MCHS's Jake Williams pitched a complete game in the first game, limiting Bradshaw Christian to the one run.

“They kept their hits down,” Kleinsmith said. “They did get runners on base quite a bit and we got out of a bases loaded jam. The guys were ready to play.”

The win came at a cost, however. First baseman/pitcher Morgan Hughes collided with the Bradshaw Christian catcher on a play at home plate and Hughes hyperextended his knee. He stayed in the game for an inning. He tried to hit but couldn't continue to play.

Kleinsmith said Hughes is day-to-day.

“He's going to see how it feels,” Kleinsmith said. “I hope we get him back for Monday's game.”

“It was a bang-bang play. We had to put some unorthodox (options at first base),” Kleinsmith said. “We worked through that one and got a couple insurance runs.”

In the second game, MCHS pitcher Joey Freitas went six innings and Michael Medinas came in for the save in the seventh.

MCHS will play Monday at 3 p.m. in the CIF Sac Joaquin Section Final. The game will be played at Tony Zuppo Field in Lodi.

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