The Bulldogs (16-12) collected seven hits at the University of the Pacific’s Klein Family Field in Stockton, including a solo home run by senior shortstop Oscar Moreno over the left field wall in the third inning. In the sixth, a double to deep center field by senior pitcher and first-baseman Jonah Wesely was followed by an RBI single up the middle from junior catcher Anthony Nunez.
Otherwise, the Bulldog batters struggled against pitcher Daulton Jeffries, who struck out 16 Tracy batters in seven innings for Buhach Colony (19-10).
“I feel like we should have got a couple more hits and a couple more runs on the board to give our pitchers some support,” Moreno said. “It just wasn’t our night tonight.”
Tracy starting pitcher Wesely struck out six batters in the course of three innings, but he also walked six, hit two with pitches and gave up a hit and an unearned run.
Senior John Jaeger took the mound in the fourth with the bases loaded and caught a short pop-up and made a double play on the runner at third.
Tracy’s defense got Jaeger out of trouble again in the fifth, when the Thunder’s Anthony Gonzalez singled with a runner on second. Tracy sophomore left fielder Robbie Ramirez fired the ball to Nunez, the catcher, catching the runner at the plate.
“We’ve put in too much work this year to just come in and let some team win us over mentally,” Nunez said. “We did everything we could tonight. I had a few throwing errors that led to two unearned runs, but I was playing physical and I tried to get the team to win.”
Buhach Colony made it a 2-2 game in the seventh when Jeffries singled, stole second and third and scored when Nunez’ throw to third went out to left field. The Thunder got a walk and two more base hits in the top of the ninth for the go-ahead run.
Jaeger, who pitched six full innings, struck out four batters, walked one and gave up six hits and two runs, one of them earned, for the loss.
“This game was probably the most emotional game that I’ve pitched,” Jaeger said. “It was a challenge for me and I accepted the challenge the best I could.”
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