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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Miscues Prove too Costly as Toyonaka Betters San Mateo 4-3

Four unearned runs in the third inning proved too much for the San Mateo Sister City All-Star Team to overcome, falling 4-3 to the Toyonaka All-Stars at Central Park. The loss drops the boys from San Mateo to 0-3 in the best-of-five series.

San Mateo went down in order for the first three frames and finally showed some life in the home-half of the fourth. With one out, Jack Hagerman broke up the Toyonaka no-hitter with a double to left-center field. With two outs in the inning, Jordan Berger singled to right to give San Mateo runners on the corners. Nicholas Elu followed with a single up the middle to plate Hagerman and cut the Toyonaka lead to 4-1.

San Mateo chipped away at the lead some more in the fifth with another solo run. Evan Donath led off the inning with a double over the right fielders head. two walks later by Sancho Llama and Jose Zalba respectively loaded the bases. Jarrett Nelson followed with a single to right to bring home Donath. Three straight outs later left the bases full and the inning over.

San Mateo again showed that never-say-die attitude in the seventh as they tried to mount a comeback. With one out, Llamas tripled to right and came home to score on a Zalba fielders choice out to the second baseman. That would be the final run for San Mateo on the day.

Elu and Ethan Smith combined to pitch beautifully for San Mateo. Elu started and went five strong in a losing effort, allowing the four unearned runs while striking out six, walking three and giving up five hits. Smith tossed the final two innings of shutout ball, striking out two and giving up just three hits.

Haruya Tomura followed up his 132 pitch, six inning performance on Wednesday night with a 112 pitch, seven inning performance for Toyonaka to earn his second win in the series. He allowed three runs while striking out 11, walking three and giving up seven hits. 

Games four and five will be played as part of a double header tomorrow at Central Park. Game four is due to start at 10 AM followed by first pitch for game five at 2 PM.

                      1    2    3    4    5    6    7     R     H     E
Toyonaka       0    0    4    0    0    0    0     4     8      0
San Mateo     0    0    0    1    1    0    1     3     7      2

WP: Tomura (2-0)
LP: Elu (0-1)

SM Batting:
2B: Jack H., Evan D.
3B: Sancho L.
TB: Nicholas E., Jack H. 2, Jordan B., Evan D. 2, Sancho L. 3, Jarrett N., Brad K.
RBI: Nicholas E., Jose Z., Jarrett N.

Toyonaka Batting:
2B: Kohei Y.
TB: Tasuku I. 2, Yusuke N., Kohei Y. 3, Yusaku N. 2, Kenji H.
RBI: Kohei Y., Haruya T., Yusaku N. 2
SAC: Tasuku I., Yusuke N., Shota K.
ROE: Kohei Y., Kenji H.
SB: Yusaku N.
CS: Haruya T.

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