WEST SACRAMENTO – Three of the five home runs hit in Friday’s Major-division sectional All Star game featuring Bear River and Carmichael were from Bear River players, but Jaron Wilson’s sixth-inning, two-run bomb put Carmichael over the top to earn the 6-5 win.
Entering the tournament, many thought Carmichael was the team to beat. District 11 champion Bear River nearly pulled off an upset but blew an early 4-0 lead.
The first four runs for Bear River were scored in the first inning, which was led off by a Brandon Fry solo home run. After Zach Welz and Jordan Beskeen both singled in the inning, Nolan Lewis poked it over the center-field fence to put his team up by four.
It appeared as though Carmichael, not Bear River, would be the team forced to fight its way back through the consolation bracket.
But almost as quickly as Bear River had posted the runs, the comfortable lead evaporated. By the end of the third inning Carmichael had fought most of the way back and was trailing 4-3, and after four innings the score was even at 4-4.
In the fifth inning, it was like déjà vu as Brandon Fry, leading off again, hit a line-drive homer to return the lead to the hands of Bear River.
The score remained at 5-4 until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Wilson hit the walk-off blast off of Nolan Lewis with a man on.
The other home run given up by Bear River came in the third inning off starting pitcher Chris Wermes, who was taken out after walking three straight following the two-run missile of a hit. Wermes picked up two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Lewis came in to relieve Wermes with only one out and the bases loaded. After closing out the inning without allowing a run, Lewis looked like a potential hero.
Lewis pitched the rest of the way while striking out two as well, but Lewis’ status as hero was given a rain check after he gave up the final three runs.
Manager Ryan Welz found plenty of positives, however, saying that Carmichael’s pitchers were the toughest his players have had to face in their lives, and the fact that they could go yard three times proved they are still competitors in the tournament.
“We’re going to get back and pick up some wins,” Welz said. “It can be fun playing from the losers’ bracket.”
Bear River plays again Sunday in West Sacramento at 1 p.m.
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