By Anthony Victoria
A costly error in one game and a phenomenal pitching performance in the other stymied both Eisenhower and Rialto, as both teams suffered opening league losses to Redlands (4-2) and San Gorgonio (2-0) respectively during the San Bernardino County Clash Triple Header event at San Manuel Stadium on Saturday March 29.
The Eagles (5-4, 0-1 CBL) managed to take an early lead in the first inning in their afternoon encounter with the Terriers (8-4, 1-2 CBL) when Jose Quinones drove a fastball into the left-center gap and reached third on a bad throw. Senior first baseman Anthony Ochoa then singled to center field to bring in Quinones.
In the third inning, Ochoa drove a Drew Baker fastball beyond the left field fence for a solo home run to make it 2-0.
It took Redlands until the sixth inning to produce their first runs of the ballgame. After leading off the inning by hitting a triple, Michael Tillman was allowed to score when Eagles starting pitcher Gabriel Reyes balked. An infield single from Chris Ruiz, followed by a two-out double from Anthony Graziano
tied the game up at two apiece.
With two outs and runners on first and third in the top of the sixth, Eagles shortstop Isaiah Bernal bobbled the ball, allowing the go ahead run to score and in a panic move, threw the ball away trying to throw the runner out at third, allowing the Terriers to seal up the victory.
The evening match up marked the first San Andreas league matchup for both Rialto and San Gorgonio. Heading into the game, San Gorgonio managed to win four consecutive games without allowing a run.
Both teams had hurlers go the distance. Hazahel Quijada pitched a one-hitter, striking out 12 getting the win, and Soto pitched a seven-hitter, striking out one in the loss.
San Gorgonio (9-1, 1-0 SAL) produced its two runs in the bottom of the sixth With one out, Rainier Aguilar hit his second double of the game and after a walk and a double steal, Adan Alvarado’s single to center scored Aguilar with the game’s first run. Another single by Angel Ortiz loaded the bases before Jason Wright’s sacrifice fly to left field made it 2-0. Quijada would strike out the final two batters he faced in the top of the seventh to wrap up the victory.