The Live Oak Lions have had a tough road to victory. However, their perseverance has now paid off with their win against the Marysville Indians on Tuesday by a score of 5-3.
The Lions normally have a hard time getting wins, particularly because they commit so many errors in their games. But in the game against Marysville, the Lions played nearly flawless, giving up only two errors. The amount of passed balls, wild pitches, and stolen bases were also low. The Lions defense was so good that the Indians didn't score until the final inning.
On the offense, the Lions began scoring in the first inning. After a lead-off strikeout by Martin Robles, Jon Robert slammed a double to be the first Lion to reach base. Two batters later, Anthony Hernandez took over 1st base thanks to a walk. The Lions got their first run when the next batter, Tyler Raymond, hit an RBI single to bring in Robert. Kyle Wheeler would then strikeout, leaving Hernandez and Raymond on base.
After nearly scoring in the 2nd inning and going three and out in the 3rd, the Lions had their biggest run in the 4th inning. Wheeler redeemed himself by hitting a lead-off single. Then, Jevin Cheema hit a single himself to move Wheeler to 2nd base. Two batters later, Jeffrey Mora singled to bring in Wheeler for an RBI. During the next at-bat (Robles was at the plate), Cheema would advance to 3rd base on a passed ball. That move would end up helping him score as he and Mora were able to steal home and 2nd bases, respectively, when confusion erupted after Robles struck out. With Mora now at 2nd, he was easily able to take full advantage and score when the next guy in the line-up, Robert, smacked a double for an RBI. The run ended when the next batter, Steven Garcia, struck out for the third out.
The last run the Lions scored came in the 6th inning. Tony Arellano led things off with a single. His single was then followed by Mora hitting a single of his own (Mora would have a perfect day, going 3-3 on his at bats). Then Robles, who had struck out 3 times in his three at-bats, turned his luck around by hitting the Lions third single in a row. He even brought in Arellano for an RBI. Unfortunately, the hitting streak would stop and the Lions were unable to get another run across, even when they became loaded.
Pick up a copy of the April 3, 2013 issue of the Gridley Herald to read the rest of the story!