Before Friday night’s game at Colusa Casino Stadium, Gold Sox manager Michael Frantz told his team he wanted to see some better situational hitting. The boys in yellow would not disappoint.
“I wanted us to work on being able to get hits with runners on base. Not only that, I wanted us to be able to advance runners and we really capitalized on that tonight so I’m very happy,” said Frantz.
After a minor hiccup in the first inning as the Storm took a one run lead, the Gold Sox would go on to respond with small ball in the second to take a 2-1 lead. From there on out it was all Yuba-Sutter as the pitching was lights out in a 6-1 victory in front of the home crowd.
“It’s a whole lotta fun playing in this city man. The fans and community stick right by our side through everything and pick us up when we’re down. It makes playing for the Gold Sox an unforgettable experience,” said infielder Billy Ralston.
The youngster from Concord was given high-praise by his head coach on Friday for being able to advance runners on a ground ball not once, but twice.
“Ralston really gave it his all tonight. He did what he was asked and for a coach what more can you want,” Frantz said.
Ralston would find himself at third base with no outs in the bottom of the fifth when his teammate Kyle Boomgarden came up to bat. Boomgarden hit a deep fly ball to left field and Ralston crossed the plate to put his team up 4-1.
“It’s always a good feeling when you can help your team in anyway shape or form. Sometimes it’s not always the flashy plays that decide things in the end,” said Ralston.
Another storyline that became prevalent for the Gold Sox on Friday night was the pitching.
Between starting pitcher Tim English and relief pitcher Brad Jones, the duo retired 12 batters on strikeouts. Jones finished the game only allowing two walks and currently holds a 1.29 ERA out of the pen.
“Our pitchers made it very easy for our defense tonight,” said Frantz. “I can’t commend them and the handwork they’ve put in enough.”
Other notable performances on Friday vs. the South Bay Storm included the following players:
νTyler Carpenter: Two hits, one RBI and one walk.
νMike Shoenberger: Two runs, one RBI and two walks.
νKyle Boomgarden: Two hits and one RBI.
νIsaac D’Agostino: One run and three walks
νAngel Mauricio: One run, two RBI and one walk.
With Friday’s win the Gold Sox (10-5) moved into third place in the GSCBL; tied with the Medford Rogues and just one and a half games back of first place Top Speed Baseball.
The Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox will be back in action tonight as they play their third game against the South Bay Storm. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Colusa Casino Stadium.