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Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - May 11, 2012

Amador Dons defeat Monte Vista 1-0

Win comes after 9 innings of pitchers' duels

by Jeb Bing

The Amador Valley Dons JV baseball team defeated the Monte Vista Mustangs 1 – 0 on last Friday in EBAL action in an old fashion pitchers' duel.

The Dons had excellent pitching from Jordan Ott who pitched the complete game giving up only 4 hits, while striking 5 and walking two. Ott needed only 74 pitches to seal the victory.

The game was filled with remarkable defensive plays by the Dons, none more so than the last play of the game, but more on that later.

In the top of the first inning the Mustangs lead-off batter singled up the middle to start the game. After a deep fly ball to the right field corner that was caught by Dons right fielder Jake McIntosh for the first out, the Mustangs runner advanced to second on a wild pitch.

The next batter hit an infield single, but the runner from second was caught in a pickle between third and home. Steve Nice threw to shortstop Jack Moroney covering third base, who threw to catcher Jacob Kinney, who threw back to Moroney, who threw back to Kinney, who threw to left fielder Parker Newman, who smartly was backing up the play. He threw back to Kinney, and then Kinney finally made the tag chasing the runner back to third base for the typical 5-6-2-6-2-7-2 putout.

The Dons opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Jack Moroney drew a one out walk. Steve Nice ground out to the shortstop on a slow roller allowing Moroney to advance to second base. Sean Thomas then singled up the middle and Moroney sprinted home and slid just ahead of the throw for a 1-0 Dons lead. Jordan Ott made that run stand up, but not without more defensive heroics by the Dons.

In the top of the second inning the Mustangs first batter reached base on an error. The next batter walked putting runners on first and second. The next batter attempted a sacrifice bunt, but he popped the ball up and pitcher Ott made a diving catch off the mound, bounced to his feet and doubled off the runner at first base for a double play.

In the top of the sixth inning, the Mustangs lead-off batter singled. The next batter hit a slow roller to shortstop Jack Moroney who made a great play to get the runner at first, with the runner at first advancing to second base. The next batter hit a one hopper back to Jordan Ott on the mound, who turned to check the runner at second and noticed that he was too far off the base. Ott ran at the runner and forced him back to second base. Ott threw to shortstop Moroney, who chased the runner towards third and threw to third baseman Steve Nice for the tag. On the play, the batter tried to advance to second base, but Nice fired the ball to second baseman Will Picket who made the tag for the unorthodox double play, 1-6-5-4.

The offensive stars for the Dons were left fielder Parker Newman who had a single and a double, Sean Thomas who had the only RBI and Jack Moroney who scored the only run of the game.

The Dons improved their overall record to 11-10 (3-7 in EBAL).

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