Saints unable to overcome defensive miscues, lose 7-4

PASADENA, CA- Coming into its game against the MLB Academy Barons, the Arroyo Seco Saints were hoping to build on its two-game winning streak.

The Saints played the Barons earlier this week and came back from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4. Since trailing 4-0, the Saints have been firing on all cylinders, outscoring opponents 16-4 over the one-and-a-half game span.

They were unable to have their second three-game win streak of the season after having a poor game on defense with five errors and losing 7-4.

Despite the amount of errors, Saints manager Aaron Milam isn’t concerned about his team’s poor night on the field.

“There’s a ramp-up period to get back to mid-season form,” Milam said. “We play a lot of guys all over in different positions.”

The Barons wasted no time, jumping to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Saints’ starter Michael Nunez (Loyola Marymount) walked two out of the first three hitters he faced. The first walk was to Baron leadoff hitter and shortstop Evan Cornwell (Post University), who later scored on a sacrifice fly from second baseman Dylan Lina (Golden West).

MLB Academy’s early offense wasn’t done yet, as it added three more runs in the top of the second inning off of four hits and an error. The first three hitters of the inning reached, as right fielder Duce Robinson (USC) (single), Collin Taylor (Los Angeles Valley College) (single) and catcher Andrew Pyle (Long Beach State) (walk) loaded the bases before Nunez recorded an out. All three would come around to score before the inning ended.

The Saints were able to get one run back after a double from first-baseman Joey Donnelly (UC Berkley) and a single from right-fielder Ray Bermudez(Polk State College), who was the only Saint with a multi-hit game and went 3/4 with two RBI. Those two hits would be the last two hits the Saints got until the sixth inning as Baron’s starter, Andrew Stanley (Wagner), retired 11 straight hitters following the single.

The game remained scoreless until the sixth inning, which followed the same script as the second, as MLB Academy scored three and Arroyo Seco scored one.

Pitcher Jace Presley (undecided) entered the game for the Saints in the sixth and didn’t receive much help from his defense, as the Saints made two errors in the inning. The Barons nearly batted around as eight hitters came up to bat and took a 7-1 lead.

Second baseman Tyler Gordon (Miami U Ohio) broke Stanley’s streak of retired hitters with a one-out single. He advanced to second on a walk from left fielder Jakob Schardt (Cal St Fullerton). Third baseman Josh Livingston (Wichita State) would bring him home with a single to right, which was the last hitter Stanley would face.

Needing five runs to have another comeback victory, the Saints had opportunities in each of their final three innings.

In the seventh, they stranded runners on second and third.

The Saints put two runs across in the bottom of the eight to cut the deficit to three runs. It seemed like the Saint’s late-game magic was bound to happen yet again, and they would find a way to win.

That wasn’t the case; Arroyo Seco brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth but was unable to capitalize and lost 7-4 to fall to 6-3 in the season.

The Saints will head west to take on the Conejo Oaks on Saturday, with Danny Veloz (Hawaii) looking to have back-to-back great performances on the mound.


  • Saints reporter Dylan Gonzales (Fresno State)
  • Saints photographer Elijah Hickman (Cal Baptist University)





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