Touching ’em all: Inside-the-park homer wins title for Anything Green
Once Martin Savedra started running, he wasn’t about to stop.
Not after he drove home the game-tying run and certainly not after he saw the center fielder slip while trying to run down his line drive.
No, Savedra kept running and running, touching them all to leg out a walk-off, inside-the-park home run to win the men’s fastpitch softball postseason tournament championship.
And, for the record, even after Savedra’s sprint around the bases secured a 7-6 win for Anything Green over A to Z Supply Wednesday at Memorial Park, the guy still didn’t stop running.
As the owner of Nevada City’s Sopa Thai restaurant, Savedra had to hurry back to work.
“I hung out for just a minute, but then I was ready to move on,” Savedra said, after a reporter finally caught up to him over the phone. “I had to head back to work. I hired a new employee and wanted to make sure everything was going well.”
Things weren’t going so well for Anything Green heading into the bottom of the seventh, after A to Z Supply had taken a 6-5 lead on Dave Anderson’s RBI single to center.
And the way Anderson was throwing on this night, it looked as though A to Z might have all the offense it would need. After allowing four runs over the first two innings, Anderson settled down to allow one run on one hit over the next three frames.
“It was a great game,” Anderson said. “I had to mix them up, because they’re a good fastball hitting team. So I mixed it up a bit, with a little more location and less throwing hard.
“But it was a great game. We played great defense and scored enough runs to win.”
Anything Green just so happened to score one more. Dustin Genavasi got things started in the bottom of the seventh with a single to center field, before advancing to second on a fielder’s choice and to third base on a Larry Terronez fly ball to right field.
With two outs, the left-handed Savedra scorched his shot to dead center field and then turned to his sprinter’s speed once the center fielder slipped.
“I was going all the way, unless (Chris Friedman) the third-base coach stopped me,” said Savedra, who is in his second season of fastpitch softball. “I knew I had a good jump. I was on my horse the whole way. Once I saw him hit the ground, I was bookin’.
“I was running hard. That’s what I love to do. I love to run.”
Savedra also sped around the bases for a triple in the fifth inning, before scoring off an Aaron Wilcox sacrifice fly to knot the game at 5-5. Savedra, who joined the Anything Green team midway through the season, went 3-for-4 on the night, with 3 RBIs and two runs scored.
“They said I can play with them again next season,” he said with a laugh. “I told them to call me earlier next year and I’ll try to win the batting title.”
Anything Green, which went 9-8 in the regular season, took a 2-0 lead in the first on a trio of doubles by Terronez, Friedman and Donovan Chilton. Anything Green added two more in the second on another double by Terronez and singles from Genovasi and Savedra, reclaiming a 4-3 lead after A to Z got a two-run double from Rob Waldman in it’s three-run half of the second.
Wilcox drew the start for Anything Green, but gave way to Friedman in the fourth, just before A to Z scored two runs on an RBI single by Waldman and a sacrifice fly from Darrin Selleck to take a 5-4 lead.
“You know the story, right?” Anderson asked after the game. “We went 2-9-1 and tied for last place this year. But we won five in a row to get here. We won the first (tourney) game and then we beat the (regular-season champion) Bulldogs and we damn near had this one.”
A to Z got things going in the top of the seventh, with the score still knotted at 5-5, when Selleck drilled a double to the left-field fence. Anderson followed with the go-ahead single for the 6-5 edge and A to Z looked to extend the margin with no outs.
But after Friedman got a grounder to first for one out, and Anything Green then converted a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Terronez, Anything Green’s second baseman, turned another double play in the third, diving to stab a line shot off Bruce Porter’s bat and then catching a runner off first base.
“We’ve been in three out of four championship games this year in tournaments,” Chilton said after the win. “We were a little bit (worried after A to Z took the lead in the seventh), but we always pull through. We’re the comeback kids.”
In addition to Savedra’s night at the plate, Terronez went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and an RBI from the leadoff spot. Genovasi went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Friedman, the league batting champ with a .628 average, had a double and a run scored.
On the opposite side of the ledger, Waldman went 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBIs. Selleck was also 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Scott Wheeler also scored a pair of runs for A to Z Supply.
Contact Sports Editor Brian Hamilton via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 477-4240.
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