Lancers hold on to beat Raiders

By Yarsley Sanchez
La Habra Journal

Sonora baseball couldn’t keep the rally going after Sunny Hills drove in seven runs over the course of two innings, sealing a tough 10-6 loss for the Raiders on Friday.

The Raiders’ loss (9-18 3-10) keeps them in the last spot of the Freeway League.

Raiders Head Coach Patrick Tellers said the teams said the inconsistencies between the offensive and defensive performances on the field are the thin line between Sonora’s wins and losses this season.

“It all comes down to defense, we’re scoring some runs but we always end short,” Tellers said. “It seems that game after game we’re making the same kind of mistakes.”

Sunny Hills took a 2-0 lead early in the match before a triple by Sonora’s Bennett Thurman brought home the loaded bases to give Sonora the 3-2 lead.

Thurman lead the Raiders in RBIs, and earned all three with his triple play in the top of the fourth inning.

Having an early rally seemed to seal the game for Sonora, until a four-run fifth inning pushed Sunny Hills ahead leaving Sonora unable to bounce back.

Thurman and Luis Chavarin managed two runs in the top of the seventh inning, and helped the Raiders chip away at their point deficit, however, it wasn’t enough to keep Sonora in the game.

Sonora’s pitching staff allowed 12 hits throughout the course of the match, but where the Raiders seemed to struggle once again was in fielding.

A total of five errors by Sonora gave up runs that Sunny Hills was happy to take advantage of, something Tellers said the team has been struggling with all season.

“We’re a little disappointed in how we approach the game,” Tellers said. “We’ve had to make some adjustments, and we made those earlier. Now it seems that they’re starting to come back.”

As Sonora gears up to toss its final conference play matches next week, the Raiders will take a break from league play as they head to face Glendora on Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m.


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