From the opening inning it was obvious the Atwater High baseball team wasn’t sharp.
There were base running gaffs, wild pitches and passed balls, over throws and just blown routine plays.
And every time the Falcons gave San Leandro an extra base or extended an inning, the Pirates hammered them for it.
Atwater outhit San Leandro 13-11, but five errors and a plethora of mental mistakes proved the difference in a 10-8 loss at the 54th Annual Fran Oneto/Atwater-Winton Lions Easter Baseball Tournament.
“They are a very well-coached team and are going to take every opportunity to capitalize on mistakes,” Atwater head coach Jarrod Pimentel said. “And they did. Whether it was a passed ball or a a missed cut off man, they took the extra base.
“They executed a couple hit and runs. They dropped some bunts down. And we just didn’t do a very good job of playing catch.”
A dropped third strike and a throwing error helped San Leandro (10-3) plate a pair of runs in the first.
The Atwater offense answered back.
Ryan Sanchez singled in a pair of runs to tie the game up in the second.
A Ricky Mena sacrifice fly gave the Falcons (10-6) their first lead and Sanchez singled in another run to make it 4-2.
Atwater failed to continue to expand the lead and the Pirates began taking advantage of the miscues with a three-run fourth inning.
San Leandro tacked on two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to build a commanding 10-5 lead.
Remarkably, with all that went wrong for the Falcons on Wednesday night, they still got the game-winning run to the plate in the seventh.
Pimentel unloaded his bench and Zac Haubrich and Gilbert Rodriguez drew walks to get Atwater back to the top of the order.
Victor Tiscareno (3 for 4) singled in a run with his third hit of the game. After Tyler Zeller walked to load the bases, Dalton Beatty singled in two more to make it 10-8.
That was as close as Atwater would get as Matt Parker grounded out to short to end the game.
“It was an opportunity to get some guys that don’t see a lot of time some at-bats and we got some big walks,” Pimentel said. “We fought back until the very last batter, so at least we didn’t completely fold.”