Gridley third baseman Kyle Duran applies the tag to Winters runner Trevor Ray during Tuesday's Butte View League clash between the two squads. Winters came out on top 5-1.
The Gridley Bulldogs seemed to have found their swing at last weeks Spring Break tournament in Redding, playing four games, and producing good swings up and down the line-up, including a 16 run outburst in their final game against Maxwell which produced a victory, but the bats came up silent Tuesday as the Bulldogs managed only two hits in a 5-1 Butte View League loss to Winters at Gridley High School.
The lack of hitting and a few defensive miscues dampened the strong pitching performance given by junior hurler Mat Scott. The lanky right-hander threw a complete game five-hitter, and didn't surrender an earned run. However, six errors plagued the Bulldogs defense against a Winters squad which preaches the motto, “don't beat yourself.”
Freshman catcher Johnathan Villapania hit a one out double in the right centerfield gap with one out in the bottom of the first inning, but was left stranded by the heart of the order. It was a solid hit, and little did anyone expect he would be one of just three base-runners on the day for Gridley.
Winters finally broke through in the third inning. After a lead-off single by the Warriors number nine hitter and an error put runners at second and third with no outs, Scott induced a pop-up to the shortstop, before a ground out to third baseman Kyle Duran brought home the first run on what should have been the third out. A single by Winters clean-up hitter plated a second run and gave them the 2-0 lead. For the rest of this story pick up a 4/20/12 edition of The Gridley Herald. Learn about all your sports by calling for a subscription today! 846-3661