The Argonaut High School varsity baseball team didn’t waste any time trying to manufacture runs in Tuesday’s rivalry showdown against Amador. Instead, the Mustangs slugged their way to a five-inning win, pounding out seven extra-base hits in a 16-5 victory in Jackson.
After falling behind momentarily when Amador plated a run in the top of the first inning, Argonaut started swinging and didn’t stop, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first before breaking the game wide open with eight runs in the second and five more in the third.
“Our team came out hot on offense,” Argonaut senior Drew Davie said. “It was huge to get that big lead early. (It really) set the tone for the whole game.”
The whole game turned out to be not quite a whole game as Amador could not generate enough
offense against Argonaut senior ace Seth Tomczak to prevent the Mustangs from ending Round 1 of this year’s Big Game rivalry series in the fifth inning by the 10-run rule.
“It was a good way to win our first ‘last’ rivalry game this year for all the seniors on the team,” Davie said.
Davie did his part to deliver Argonaut a victory, going 2 for 4 at the plate with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBIs. Junior Jeremy Allgeyer posted similar numbers for the Mustangs, going 2 for 2 with two doubles, one run scored and four RBIs. Also for Argonaut (11-2, 5-2 Mother Lode League), junior Ryan Speer hit his third home run of the season and second in as many days, part of a 2 for 4 day with two runs scored and three RBIs; senior John Larson went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored; and sophomore Isaiah Cortez doubled.
Tomczak pitched all five innings for Argonaut, allowing no earned runs with eight strikeouts and three walks.
“Getting early run support is big,” Tomczak said. “It takes pressure off your back. You can pitch comfortably knowing you’ve got a big lead, but it shouldn’t change the mindset of the pitcher on the mound. You never want to give up runs.”
The win kept the Mustangs tied with Sonora for first place in the MLL.
Junior Cade Clinkenbeard doubled and scored a run for the Buffaloes. Also for Amador (8-4, 3-3), junior Nash Wylie went 1 for 2 with two RBIs; junior Drew Andrews scored a run and drove in two runs; and junior Dakota Roots singled and drove in a run.
Amador will look to even the Big Game season series when it hosts Argonaut at 4 p.m. Friday in Sutter Creek.
Amador 10, Bret Harte 2
The Buffaloes got the week started on a winning note with Monday’s road victory over the Bullfrogs in Angels Camp.
Sophomore Jacob Watson pitched a strong game to earn the win. Watson pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts.
Offensively, junior Austin Holmes went 2 for 4 and drove in four runs for Amador. Also for the Buffaloes, junior Drew Andrews went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI; seniors Jordan Lee and Tim Mccarthy both doubled; and junior Cade Clinkenbeard went 2 for 3 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Argonaut 5, Summerville 4
The Mustangs trailed Monday’s game in Jackson 4-2 heading to the bottom half of the sixth inning, but rallied with two runs in the sixth inning to tie the game and then won the game in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off double by senior Wyatt Elmore.
Elmore went 2 for 3 with two doubles to lead Argonaut. Also for the Mustangs, junior Ryan Speer hit a solo home run; and sophomore Isaiah Cortez doubled.
Speer also pitched well in relief to give the Mustangs a chance at the comeback, allowing only one unearned run on two hits in three innings pitched. He struck out three batters and walked none.
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