The Live Oak Lions varsity baseball squad has had a tough season, with only one win and many blowout losses up to this late point in the season. This statement couldn’t have rung more true at Friday’s game against the Pierce Bears, where the Lions could not tame the opposing offense and lost 16-0 in five innings.
For the Lions offense, they could not get going against the pitching staff and defense of the Bears. In fact, three of the five innings were a three up and three down inning for the Lions offense. The Bears pitching staff struck out over five batters and received the majority of the defensive assistance from the infield. The only times when the Lions actually got on base were when Hernandez hit a lead-off single at the bottom of the 2nd inning and when both Wheeler and Robert earned walks in the 5th inning. Wheeler also got on base in the 2nd inning by way of a strikeout. In baseball, this unusual occurrence happens when a catcher does not catch a ball cleanly on the third strike, while also having two outs or no one at first base. The batter, while he technically struck out, becomes a runner and if he can get to first before being tagged or thrown out, then he is safe and said to have reached base on a strikeout. If you have never understood why some sports broadcasters say that “you can have four strikeouts in an inning,” this is how that saying is possible.
For the Bears, they were clicking all game long on offense and racking up runs quickly and, at times it seemed, with ease. After being shut-out the first inning, the Bears went to work in the 2nd inning, scoring seven runs. A combination of singles, walks, and even a hit by pitch by the first nine batters in the 2nd inning was what led the Bears to score the first seven runners. The Bears also tallied some RBIs to the team statistics. The run couldn’t last forever and the Lions finally ended it by retiring the 10th, 11th, and 12th batters.
Between the third and fourth innings, the Lions held the Bears to two runs despite five singles. However, the Lions could not stop the Bears from gaining a big enough lead to put the mercy rule into effect in the 5th inning. The Lions gave up seven more runs to the Bears, who again used their offensive bats to nail out some singles, doubles, and even a triple. They also had some help from the Lions, who committed some costly errors. The Bears were even able to use the tag up rule to their advantage. The game was called at the end of the 5th inning due to the mercy rule and the Bears walked away victorious with a 16-0 win over the Live Oak Lions.
Page 2 of 2 - All in all, the Lions baseball team has had a learner’s year. The future looks bright for the Lions, who actually called up some boys from the junior varsity team to be on the varsity team. The Lions will try to end their season on a high note with their season finale on the road against Esparto on May 2nd.