PHS comeback effort falls short against Livingston
by PI Staff
May 08, 2013 | 1033 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Patterson High varsity baseball team fought back from an early 5-0 deficit to Livingston High on Monday, May 6, but the rally effort failed as the visiting Tigers fell 9-5 at Alvernaz Field.

With the loss, the Tigers (5-17 overall) drop to 3-8 in Western Athletic Conference play, while the Livingston Wolves (11-14) improve to 3-8 in league action.

The Wolves jumped on top in the bottom of the second inning by scoring three runs off Patterson left-hander Jake Thompson.

After Brian Perez and Roman Granado reached on back-to-back one-out singles, Joseph Chavez’s RBI base hit put Livingston ahead 1-0.

Thompson struck out Michael Torres for the second out of the inning, but an uncaught third strike permitted Arnold Gutierrez to reach safely, loading the bases for the Wolves.

Gabriel Perez followed with a RBI single to left field, and a fielding error by Patterson’s second baseman allowed another run to cross home plate.

T.J. Jack led off the top of the third inning with a double over the left fielder’s head. He tagged up and went to third on a fly ball from Jacob Gomez, but a risky decision to try to score on a ground ball to shortstop ended Patterson’s threat.

With one out in the bottom of the inning, Perez reached safely when he was hit by a pitch and then stole second base. He scurried to third on a ground out to the right side of the infield and later scored on an RBI double by Chavez.

Gutierrez made it 5-0 with a run-scoring single off Thompson.

Patterson manufactured three runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Thompson drew a leadoff walk, stole second base and went to third on a wild pitch. He would score the Tigers’ first run of the game on an error by Livingston’s shortstop.

Patterson placed runners on first and second with no outs, but the Wolves turned a 4-6-3 double play to seemingly smother the rally. But with a runner on third, J.T. Aguilar crushed the first pitch he saw from Torres over the fence in left field for a two-run home run to cut the deficit to 5-3.

Livingston capitalized on another defensive gaffe by Patterson, scoring one run in the home half of the fourth and making it 6-4.

In the top of the sixth, Thompson worked another leadoff walk and Sal Becerra drilled a double to left field to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Trevor Troxler lifted a sacrifice fly to center that plated Thompson and moved Becerra to third. Teammate Antonio Bustos then hit a RBI groundout to shortstop to pull Patterson within 6-5.

But the Tigers could get no closer, as Livingston tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the frame.

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or

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