(Through 11 innings)
ATHERTON, Calif. – The 2010 baseball season has started strong for the Lewis & Clark baseball team, which currently finds itself in a 7-7 deadlock with the Menlo Oaks after 11 innings of action. The game has been postponed until either Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers and the Oaks are set to play four games over the weekend, including today’s game.
Alex St. Pierre was the Pioneers starting pitcher, throwing 6.0 innings and allowing just three runs. Freshman Will King is currently on the mound for the Pios, after replacing Ryo Kawashima and Roland Greene.
The Oaks took a 3-1 lead into the top of the sixth inning, before the Pio bats found an answer, scoring five runs. Freshman Geoff Wetz led off the inning with a double, taking full advantage of Ray Lozada who had just come in to pitch for the Oaks. Wertz came around to score two three batters later when Zack Perez doubled to right field, scoring Wertz and Giuseppe Baffaro. Perez scored moments later on a Tucker Laurence single to center. The Pioneers continued to play small ball, moving runners around the bases, with Nate Grisham scoring Laurence with a double to right, before being gunned down by the shortstop. Senior Jim Bray closed out the scoring rally, hammering one over the left field fence on a 2-2 count.
Menlo scored two more in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull the score within one, 6-5, before finding a way to earn one more in the ninth, sending the game to extra innings. The Pios scored one more in the top of the 11th inning, with Gianluca Giarrizzo scoring after coming in to pinch run for Grisham. The Oaks answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning, to once again tie the game.
The Pioneers and Oaks are set to play a double-head on Saturday, Feb. 20 with the first game beginning at 12 p.m.