Fastpitch Softball Playoffs: Bulldogs down Gold Country
After a 10-1 drubbing of the West Cal Concret team, Gold Country Auto fell to the Bulldogs 9-6 on Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the fastpitch softball playoffs.
The Bulldogs found themselves down early but rallied behind strong pitching from Bobby Alvara and a streak of hot hitting to fight back from a 4-2 deficit. Alvara was consistent throughout the night, bolstering a strong defensive effort for the team.
Although Gold Country looked to be the stronger team, stacking up a 4-2 lead heading into the fourth inning, a mid-game burst of hitting led to the eventual victory of the Bulldogs.
“It makes it easier to throw when you have guys that can score runs,” said Alvara of his team’s considerable hitting streak in the middle innings.
The run support was the linchpin in the Bulldogs victory, with a hot streak of powerful hitting getting started with a string of hits by Chris Friedman, Sam Keehn and Chris Brackett.
Moving forward, Alvara said his team has a good shot at the title, having beat the team who ousted them last year. That little bit of revenge was a part of the win, said Justin Deme, who also emphasized the just-win-and-have-fun mentality of the team.
“These guys, I tell ya, you don’t want to face this team,” Deme said, giving high praise to his Bulldog comrades. “We have some good hitters on this team, I would trust any one of them at the end.”
Although the Gold Country squad managed a short-lived comeback in the final inning, down 8-4, with hits from Chad Garvey and Josh Noxon, followed up by a two-run single from pitcher Rey Saclolo, it wasn’t meant to be.
The Bulldogs closed out the game with more solid pitching from Alvara, who pitched the entire game, as well as a few more critical hits to add to their impressive overall performance.
With this victory, the Bulldogs advance to Friday night’s semifinal round and find themselves one step closer to a possible championship.
Kael Newton, a journalism student at the University of Oregon, is interning with The Union; he can be reached at NCPCIntern@theunion.com.
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