The Tigers (5-18 overall, 3-9 WAC) trailed 3-0 after two innings but rallied to score runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh frames to tie the game at three and send it into extra innings.
Both squads scored once in the ninth inning and twice in the 11th before the Livingston Wolves (12-14, 4-8) outscored Patterson 2-1 in the 12th to earn the win in the season-finale for both teams.
“It was a great battle by both schools,” Patterson assistant coach Rudy Lozano said. “Our kids were up to the challenge. But in the end, Livingston made one or two extra plays that got them that win.”
The Tigers finish the WAC campaign in seventh place, while Livingston placed fourth in the league, tied with both Los Banos High (15-10-1, 4-8) and Pacheco High of Los Banos (12-14, 4-8).
Five Tiger seniors were applauded before the game: outfielder J.T. Aguilar, infielder and pitcher Ethan Albrigo, outfielder Kainoa Garza, infielder and pitcher Joey Lopes and infielder Jonathan Rodriguez.
“You really want to get that win for the seniors in their last game,” Lozano said. “But each senior contributed a lot to this team, whether as a starter or coming off the bench.”
Senior Gabriel Perez struck out eight and surrendered four runs on five hits and four walks over six innings of relief work to pick up the victory for Livingston.
Lopes fanned three in eight innings of three-run ball, allowing three hits and three walks. But teammate junior Andrew Basaldua was pegged with the loss for Patterson, after he tossed four innings of relief that included five runs on seven hits, walking five and striking out three.
Junior Sal Becerra led the Tigers’ offense going 3-for-3 with an RBI, two walks and three runs scored. Classmate Trevor Troxler went 3-for-5 at the plate.
Aguilar (2-for-6, 2 RBIs) and Basaldua (2-for-7, an RBI) each contributed two hits for Patterson.
PHS will return a number of key players
Patterson will be determined to out-work its opponents during the offseason by staying focused and accountable in the weight room and pushing one another in team workouts. The results, Lozano hopes, are more victories and a stronger presence in the WAC.
“Towards the end of the season, I saw a lot of the juniors start to step up more and take leadership roles on the team,” Lozano said. “You could see the kids start to mature as teammates.”
The majority of the starting lineup from 2013 and all but one member of the starting pitching staff — Lopes (3 wins, 38 strikeouts) — are expected to return next spring, Lozano said.
The pitching staff will be led by junior Jake Thompson (four complete games, 45 strikeouts), who had the second lowest earned run average among starters on the squad at 5.72. He also brings his .267 batting average back to the lineup.
The Tigers also return Basaldua, who had the most hits on the team this season with 17 and led the club with a .279 batting average.
Becerra (16 hits, .267 batting average), Troxler (15 hits, .254 batting average) and freshman Antonio Bustos (14 hits, .250 batting average) are also expected to return.
“We’re really looking forward to next season,” Lozano said. “We will have the experience to guide us to that next level.”
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