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Tired Volunteers split double-header with Reno

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Reno Muckdogs catcher #24 Adam Miller looks back at his dugout as Merced Volunteer #5 Marco Ledesma scores the final run, making the final score 8-7 to the Volunteers during the 7th inning of their game in Merced, Calif. Tuesday, June 23, 2009.
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY BEA AHBECK Reno Muckdogs catcher #24 Adam Miller looks back at his dugout as Merced Volunteer #5 Marco Ledesma scores the final run, making the final score 8-7 to the Volunteers during the 7th inning of their game in Merced, Calif. Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Merced Sun-Star

It wasn't exactly the swing J.C. Barcellos had pictured in his head.

But after struggling all day at the plate, the Merced Volunteer designated hitter wasn't about to complain.

With the game tied, two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, Barcellos fisted a blooper that fell just in front of the Muckdogs' diving center fielder.

Marco Ledesma trotted home with the game-winning run giving the Vols an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Reno.

"I told the guys I hadn't been seeing the ball well all day, for whatever reason," Barcellos said. "I was just thinking about a short, quick swing.

"I got the pitch I wanted to hit. Fortunately, it dropped in."

Merced right fielder Matt Voris helped set the stage for Barcellos' heroics.

The Volunteers trailed 7-6 heading into the seventh, but Voris quickly evened things up, belting a leadoff home run over the wall in right-center.

Ledesma was hit by a pitch two batters later, Art Corona reached on an error and Connor Oldcorn was intentionally walked to load the bases for Barcellos.

"I haven't had too many home runs, especially in that situation," Voris said. "I saw a pitch up and I drove it."

Volunteers coach Joel Pedretti said the comeback was particularly pleasing coming off of the team's disappointing finish in the Colorado Tournament over the weekend.

"I was a little concerned because a lot of the guys didn't even get back until 11 p.m. last night," Pedretti said. "Then they had to be back out here for a doubleheader 15 hours later.

"It show'd a little bit. We were a little sluggish to start. But with the way we've been hitting, I wasn't too concerned."

The long trip back from Colorado did littleg to quiet the Vols' bats.

Tynan Pedretti led the offensive barrage -- going 3 for 3 -- as Merced pounded out 13 hits.

Unfortunately, runs weren't always as easy to come by.

The Vols threatened to break the game open a few times, but just missed out on the big hit, stranding nine runners.

"It was a little frustrating loading the bases or getting a couple guys on and then stranding them, but we kept chipping away," Pedretti said.

Reno took advantage using a couple home runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 7-4 lead.

Corona cut lead back down to one with a two-run double in the fifth.

Dylan Floro came on for two innings of relief to earn the win.

Reno got revenge in the second game, winning 11-4.

Oldcorn had a two-run home run for the Vols.

At Merced College

Muckdogs 020 320 0 -- 7 11 1

Vols 112 020 2 -- 8 13 2

Josh Evans, Danny Monroe (5), Scott Underwood (7) and Adam Miller. Kyle Branion, Dylan Floro (6) and Logan Wilson. WP -- Floro. LP -- Underwood.

MUCKDOGS -- Miller 2-4 (HR, 2 RBI), Casey Yocom 3-4 (HR 2 RBI), Brett Valley 2-3.

VOLS -- Daniel Benson 2B (RBI), Art Corona 2B (2 RBI), Tynan Pedretti 3-3, Matt Voris 2-4 (HR), Connor Oldcorn (HR), Marco Ledesma 2-3 (3B, 2 RBI).

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