Dominant pitching aided Event Helper in their fast pitch playoff battle with A-Z Supply Thursday night at Memorial Park in Grass Valley, as the top overall seed shut out their opponents 2-0.
Event Helper’s Will Maddox frustrated A-Z on the mound, allowing only three hits and notching 12 strikeouts.
Event Helper’s only runs came in the bottom of the second. Doubles from Mike Fouyer and Martin Savedra led off the inning, and a single from Eric Sweet three batters later knocked them both in. Those three hits were a part of only four allowed by A-Z, as pitcher Kenny Brose did his part on defense. He also had five strikeouts.
The top of the third would prove to be A-Z’s best chance at matching the runs on the board. Singles in succession from Guy Selleck and Ray Thompson had them knocking on the door, but the next two batters struck out swinging as A-Z failed to capitalize.
With the win, Event Helper advances to play Gold Country Automotive for the championship tonight at 7 p.m.
Gold Country Automotive continued their underdog journey last night, defeating the JMS Builders Bulldogs 8-7 in fast pitch playoff action.
The No. 6 seed, Gold Country Automotive had already defeated the third-seeded Eva’s All-Stars. JMS was the second seed in the tournament.
Gold Country Automotive’s Chad Garvey started the hitting off in the top of the fourth with a double into right field. Justin Nicholson, 2-for-2 with a walk as well, would immediately drive Garvey in with a single. Rey Saclolo would respond with a single of his own, bringing in Nicholson and advancing Gold Country Automotive’s lead to 4-1.
JMS would respond with an excellent offensive inning in the bottom of the fourth. Singles from Chris Friedman, Joel Ramirez, Russell Bracket, and Justin Deme started things off and drew the Bulldogs to within one run.
The error that followed from Gold Country Automotive during Jarret Roenicke’s at-bat allowed Roenicke to reach first and Deme to score. With things evened at 4-4, Jeromy Hoskins hit a double to give them two more runs and the lead.
Gold Country Automotive would wait until the top of the sixth to reclaim the lead for good, using a double from Saclolo, 2-for-3 with two RBIs, to break a 6-6 deadlock and put another run on the board. That should have been all, but a pitch in the dirt a couple of at-bats later allowed Saclolo to steal home. It proved to be the winning run.
JMS had one last shot in the bottom of the seventh, and it looked as if they might pull off the comeback after a Ramirez single cut the lead to 8-7. But the next batter, Bracket, hit into a fielder’s choice.