With an eager crowd of 1,687 in attendance on Friday night at Colusa Casino Stadium, the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox kicked off their 2019 season with a tally in the win column as they bested the Sacramento Heat by a final score of 7-6.
While the Gold Sox did get the victory, the Heat wouldn’t let it over easy as at one point Yuba-Sutter trailed by as much as 6-1.
Luckily patience would be the name of the game when the Gold Sox scored three runs on no hits in the bottom of the eighth to rally back for the 7-6 win. That’s right, no hits. With six-straight walks and a passed ball, Michael Boomgarden scored the winning run on a close slide at home plate.
“I saw the ball get behind the catcher and I just darted home,” said Boomgarden. “The only two things on my mind were scoring and not getting injured,” he added.
While the fireworks came late, the first inning proved to be a little shaky for the home team as Gold Sox pitcher Brian Sullivan allowed four runs to cross the plate after the Heat lit up center field for a few singles and doubles.
However, once Sullivan settled down, he was lights out as the Heat wouldn’t have another runner cross the plate until the seventh inning.
“I think a lot of these kids were a little bit more nervous than they would like to admit. I knew once our boys settled down we’d be just fine. There’s just something about this team and this field that are magical in the late innings,” said Gold Sox manager, Michael Frantz.
After a slight rain dampened the Gold Sox pitching in the top of the seventh to give the Heat a 6-1 lead, the first seventh inning stretch of the season may have ignited a rally as the boys in white would score three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings.
The bats would show up in the bottom of the seventh as Billy Ralston hit an RBI single followed by Nick Simmons, who hit a two-RBI double into the right field corner to make the score 6-4.
The eighth inning had more walking than anyone’s Fitbit in attendance as Sacramento issued six-straight walks with two outs.
“It was definitely a testament to our team, to sit back and not get too aggressive in that situation,” said Frantz. “This team really feels like it has that never-quit mentality and hopefully that’s a great sign of things to come on down the road this summer,” added the skipper.
After the passed ball go-ahead run by Boomgarden, the Gold Sox would shutdown the Heat in the top of the ninth to seal the deal, 7-6.
The Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox will be back in action tonight at home against the Sacramento Heat for game two of the series. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.