Two big innings was all it took as Stanislaus County continued its dominance with a 14-6 win in the fifth annual Merced County-Stanislaus County All-Star Game on Saturday night at Merced College.
Pitman’s Coleton Horner hit a two-run single and Modesto Christian’s Robert Garcia added a two-run triple during a six-run third inning for Stanislaus, which is now 5-0 against Merced County in the series.
Central Catholic’s Jonathan Weatherred hit a three-run home run to highlight an eight-run fifth inning for Stanislaus.
“A couple defensive mistakes, and it kind of got away from us,” said Le Grand’s Carlo Del Real, who homered for Merced County. “They started teeing off. We made a run at the end.”
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Stanislaus County has now outscored Merced 49-17 in the five games.
Merced jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Garcia. Los Banos’ Corbin Lilledahl led off the game with a double and came around to score on an error.
With one out in the third inning, Horner singled with the bases loaded to give Stanislaus a 2-1 lead.
Hughson’s Mike Herrerra and Gregori’s Todd Stewart followed with RBI singles and Garcia followed with the big two-run triple to extend the lead to 6-2.
Stanislaus County sent 12 hitters to the plate in the fifth inning. Weatherred deposited a fastball from Atwater’s Ryan Sanchez over the left-field fence for a three-run blast that gave his team a 9-2 lead.
“It was a high fastball,” Weatherred said. “It’s the kind of pitch I like to look for. We had a couple key hits, we got a couple guys in scoring position, and we were able to capitalize in the inning.”
Beyer’s Logan Smith and Turlock’s Alex Pallios each drove in two runs in the inning to help Stanislaus County take a 14-2 lead.
Dos Palos’ Efrain Del Rio put out the fire for Merced, striking out seven of the 11 batters he faced.
“I didn’t even know I struck out five guys in a row until someone told me,” Del Rio said.
The Merced offense pushed across four runs in the sixth inning. Del Real led off the frame with a solo homer over the left-field fence off of Gregori’s Jeff Gray.
“I came up looking for something to hit on the first pitch,” Del Real said. “I took the first pitch my first at-bat and I regretted it. I wasn’t going to do that again.”
Del Rio drove in a run with a long double to left and came around to score on single by Dos Palos teammate Adam Coronado. Le Grand’s Christian Williams added an RBI-double.
Turlock’s Blake Cederlind pitched the final two innings for Stanislaus, striking out the final five hitters he faced.