Gold Sox complete sweep of Red Hawks
The Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox put on an impressive offensive performance Sunday night at All Seasons RV stadium, pounding out 15 hits in crushing the Lake County Red Hawks 10-2.
The Red Hawks, using players mainly from Mendocino Junior College and Upper Lake High School, were outmanned, and didn't have the firepower to keep up with the Gold Sox, who cruised to their fourth consecutive victory. Lake County had just two hits.
Stanford's Logan Addis picked up his second win of the season, going five innings, allowing just one hit and two unearned runs.
While hits were at a premium off the Gold Sox starter, base runners were aplenty for the Red Hawks as Addis battled his control in the early innings, hitting four batters and walking two others.
Yuba-Sutter catcher Buddy Morales helped Addis keep the game close as he nailed two Lake County runners trying to steal second, and then to add icing to the cake, picked off a third.
R.C. Dickerson, Brennan Garr and A.J. Valentine each collected three hits apiece to lead the Gold Sox offensive onslaught, but the real star on this night was Kyle Maunus.
Maunus, who plays for Western Michigan during the college season, delighted the hometown folks by playing all nine positions. He was credited with three putouts, and an assist, but missed a flawless performance when he made an error while playing second base when he dropped the ball trying to turn a double play in the fifth inning.
When his turn came to pitch the ninth inning, Maunus was up to the task Throwing in the mid-80's, he allowed no runs or hits, and struck out one.
Maunus also had a big night at the plate. Coming into the contest hitting .191, he banged out two doubles, drove in a run, and scored a run on a double steal.
To say the least it was a memorable night for the personable Maunus.
“This has been one of the greatest summers ever,” Maunus said following the contest. “It's great playing with guys who love to play the game, and the coaches are laid back, and cool.
“It was coach P's (Y-S manager Brad Peek) idea for me to play all the positions tonight. I don't know why,” he continued. “It was a lot of fun, but I'm a little tired. Catching was the hardest part. It was tough on my legs. I haven't done it since the fifth grade.”
The Gold Sox (36-13) broke open a 2-2 game by scoring four times in the bottom of the fourth and never looked back thereafter. Dickerson and Garr delivered key RBI doubles in the inning, and Valentine chipped in with run scoring single.
Yuba-Sutter added two insurance runs each in the fifth and sixth innings.
Garr's second RBI double of the game was the key blow in the fifth, and shortstop Mark Steinbeck and Garr had RBI's in the sixth. Garr finished with three RBI's.