Indians edge Raiders

Yaresly Sanchez
La Habra Journal

A two RBI single by Sonora’s Adam Berecek chipped away at a six-point deficit, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Raiders in the game against Fullerton as they tacked on a 8-5 loss on Friday.

The Raiders’ attempt at a last minute rally came too late, and Sonora seemed to have the same struggles they did when they face the Indians on Wednesday.

A single run by Fullerton got the ball rolling for the Indians as they managed to get one run in the first inning.

Sonora answered back quickly in the bottom of the first after Andrew Maguire drove in a single RBI, to bring the score 1-1, however, the rally wouldn’t last long.

Fullerton scored six more runs between the third and sixth innings, while Sonora only managed one in the bottom of the fourth.

Four fielding errors by the Raiders gave Fullerton advantages to score, something Head Coach Pat Tellers said led to their downfall even in the last game against the Indians.

“The guys that are out there are out there to perform,” Tellers said. “We’ve got guys that are looking at each other … you have to want it.”

Sonora’s pitching staff seemed to struggle in this match as each of the pitchers gave up at least run one.

Hector Garcia, who is new to Sonora’s lineup, took the loss for the Raiders after he allowed five runs on four hits in his five innings pitched. Despite handing five strikeouts throughout the course of the game, Garcia also allowed five walks before he was replaced in the fifth inning by Willie Castellanos.

Berecek and Maguire collaborated to give Sonora all five of their runs, with Berecek driving in three RBI’s and going 4-2. Maguire, the second powerhouse of the match, gave Sonora another two RBI’s while also finishing 4-2.

The Raiders, now 7-12, have only successfully rallied one win in their six league games so far, and will have a chance to redeem themselves when they host Buena Park on Wednesday April 20 at 3:15 p.m.

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