Wild’s welcome-back party includes 13 runs and 11 hits vs. Sharks
San Diego Baseball League Report – Jayleen Gant, Summer Staff Writer — The Wild had games nine days apart and celebrated their return with their ninth win.
Behind a three-run homer from Zach Zehgal (Stanford) and a three-hit effort from Fisher Pyatt (San Diego State), the Wild (9-8) secured a 13-3 win over the Sharks on Friday. It was their second straight win and sixth victory in their last seven contests.
Anthony Mase (Davidson) later added a two-run homer as a part of a four-run, exclamation-point ninth inning.
“I like the way our guys are playing,” said Wild Head Coach Joe Becht. “It’s fun. I just want them to play harder than everyone else on the field. Good things happen to guys who are playing the right way and I think our guys ae doing that. They just genuinely want to be here and win games. We’re looking to make the playoffs so we’re looking to make the push.”
The game was close in the top of the fifth with the Wild leading 3-1. That’s when Sehgal’s first homer of the summer game the Wild a 6-1 lead.
Sharks starting pitcher Louie Crowe had begun the game strong, striking out seven in three innings of work. However, Nankil’s (Cal State Fullerton) two-run single against Crow in the third made it 2-1. An inning later, against Garrett Gamble (Henry Ford College), Anthony Mase laid down a suicide-squeeze bunt that scored Sehgal.
Despite, the 13 runs and 10 hits, Pyatt was the only Wild batter to have a multi-hit day. He finished 3-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored. DJ Downen (Mt. San Jacinto) had an RBI double and Michael O’Hara (Santa Clara) closed out the scoring with a two-run single in the ninth.
The Sharks offense was limited to just four hits, including a Garret Nielsen (Cal – Berkeley) solo home run in the fifth.
Nico Diaz (Cal State San Marcos) was the only shark to record multiple hits on the day, going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
Reed Coffin (Cal State Northridge) picked up the win in relief, striking out three in his two innings of work. Jaycob Olvera (Mt. San Jacinto) struck out four in his three innings on the mound after Coffin.