Sox win in extra innings
After more than four hours that tested the endurance of the most die-hard Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox fan, Ryan Angel drove in the winning run with a single in the last of the 12th inning to lead the Sox to a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Seals at All Seasons RV Stadium on Friday night.
In addition, Gold Sox hurler Nicolas Waechter (6-0), who earlier this season threw a road no-hitter against the Salinas County Packers, threw seven innings of no-hit relief to notch the win. The Western Oreon hurler struck out 11 and walked only one in relief of start Craig Ayers.
Ayers, of Northern Colorado, pitched out of trouble frequently over five innings, giving up five hits and four walks.
Angel's heroics came after the Gold Sox loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th inning with nobody out and were not able to score. Three runners were left stranded when Angel grounded out to second for a force at the plate, Kyle Maunus struck out looking and Mark Steinbeck flied out to center.
But Angel, from San Jose State, came through two innings later off reliever Ty House after Cameron Shick led off with a double to the left field wall. Jason Searles reached first when his swinging third strike got by the catcher and Buddy Morales was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Only a handful of the reported crowd of 722 were left at the end of the low-scoring contest in which the two teams combined for nine errors, 14 walks and four hit batsman.
Each team scored one run in the third inning, the Seals on an RBI double by former Biggs High star Mateo Marquez. The Gold Sox tied the score when Maunus crossed the plate after doubling, going to third on a groundout and advancing when the Seals botched a pickoff play and rundown between first and second.
The Gold Sox open a two-game non-league series tonight at 7:15. against the Lake County Red Hawks.