Ephs succumb to LaVerne rally, 5-4

Ephs succumb to LaVerne rally, 5-4

LaVerne, CA. — Mauricio Guadarrama doubled home the go-ahead run with one out in the bottom of the eighth and Williams left the tying run on third in the top of the ninth as the leopards walked away 5-4 victors over their East Coast visitors Friday afternoon. 

Williams fell to 1-3 with the defeat, while LaVerne improved to 13-8 overall. The Ephs are at Chapman tomorrow for a 6 p.m. EST start time. 

The Ephs outhit their hosst 12-8 in the contest. The scored twice in the top of the second to take a 2-0 lead. Kellen Hatheway led off with a single and, after an out, Adam Dulsky ripped a single as well. Alex Panstares singled home Hatheway and, with two outs, Eric Mini came through with a single uo the middle to score Dulsky eith the second run. 

It was 2-1 Williams heading into the top of the fourth. Panstares led off with a single and moved to second when Tom Benz laid down a beautiful bunt and beat it out for a hit. With one out, Mike Stamas delivered the run with a solid line drive sacrifice fly to right field. 

LaVerne scored twice in the fifth to tie the game 3-3, but Williams tallied a single run in the seventh to regain the lead, 4-3. With two outs, Doug Schaffer was hit by a pitch. Jack Roberts followed by scalding a ball down the right-field line for an RBI-triple and the lead. 

The Leopards rallied against first-year Bryan Woolley in the eighth. A single, walk and sacrifice bunt put Leopards on second and third with one out. A balk call brought in the tying run before Guadarrama's double scored what proved to be the winning run. 

The Ephs attempted to rally in the ninth when Stamas beat out a bunt for a single to start the frame and was sacrificed to second by Schaffer. A balk call then advanced hom to third with one out, but Leopard pitcher Hayden Firth (3-0) induced a groundout to short from Roberts and a fly out to right by Hatheway to strand Stamas and end the game. 

First year George Carroll got the start for the Ephs and went 4-plus frames, allowing four hits and two runs, both earned, while walking four. Woolley (0-1) took the loss, going the final four innings and allowing four hits, three runs, all earned, while walking one and striking out two. 

Panstares led the Ephs' offense with a 3 for 4 day. Stamas was 2 for 4 and both Roberts and Hatheway finished 2 for 5.