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Sonoma 5, Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15s 4

Date of competition: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15-year-old all-stars saw missed opportunities, errors and questionable umpiring calls all added up to a 5-4 extra-inning loss to Sonoma and elimination from the NorCal State Tournament on Tuesday in Elk Grove.

The game got off to a good start for Palo Alto as Alec Furrier singled in Michael Strong and James Foug and later scored on a bases-loaded walk to give Palo Alto a 3-0 lead in the first. Furrier also singled in Foug in the second inning to give starting pitcher Erik Amundson a 4-0 lead, but Palo Alto could not find a way to score after that.

Sonoma broke through with an unearned run in the fourth inning and later scored three runs in the top of the sixth with a help of a three-base error, which allowed two runs to score and set up a squeeze to score the tying run. Sonoma scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eight aided by two Palo Alto errors.

It looked like Strong, who had come on in relief, would get out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam in the eighth. However, yet another walk gave Sonoma its fifth run. In the bottom of the eight, Palo Alto's Jacob Hoffman walked and reached second on a balk with one out. Hoffman tried to advance to third on a pitched ball in the dirt, but a controversial call ruled him out at third on the catcher's throw and ended Palo Alto’s last chance to keep the game going.

Amundson pitched seven innings and gave up only three hits, but was not able to get the win as Palo Alto's season-ending loss resulted in a fourth-place finish in the eight-team tournament.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Jul 20, 2011 at 8:52 am

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