Legends earn sweep with solid pitching, timely hitting


Elijah Saunders and Matt Bergandi combined to throw a four-hitter, Ryan McCarthy drove in a pair of runs and the Menlo Park Legends completed a three-game sweep of the Alameda Merchants, winning 5-0 on Friday at Canada College.

The Legends (5-1) host the Walnut Creek Crawdads at 1 p.m., also at Canada College, Saturday. The game will carried live on the Legends Radio Network.

Ryan McCarthy
Saunders did not allow a hit over his four innings of work, striking out four. He never allowed a runner past first base, and faced one batter over the minimum.

Menlo Park scored four times in the fourth, highlighted by McCarthy's two-run single. Ryan Rosa and Sean Watkins opened with singles and then executed a double steal. Rosa scored on a wild pitch to put the Legends ahead to stay.

Tyler Nelin's misplayed grounder allowed another run to score and McCarthy delivered a two-out single.

Bergandi took over in the top of the fifth inning and tossed three innings, putting his early-season struggles in the rear view mirror.

The only real trouble he faced was in the eighth inning, when he loaded the bases after a two-out single. He was able to induce a groundball to end the inning.

The Legends downed Alameda, 4-3, on Thursday behind the pitching of Jonathan Hernandez and a pair of relievers.

Ryan Lefner was credited with the win following two shutout innings. He faced just one batter over the minimum.

Sheldon McClelland was summoned to pitch the final three innings of the game and he made it interesting in the bottom of the eighth, walking three and allowing a run to score on a wild pitch. However, he induced an inning-ending groundout and pitched a clean ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.

Chandler Bengston, Steven McLean and Cristopher Castillo drove in runs for the Legends. Turner Bishop, who had doubled, also scored on Scott Ota's mishandled grounder.

— pal Alto Online Sports/ Brian Brownfield

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