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Hollister downs MVC in division opener

Modified: Tuesday, Mar 5th, 2013

Monte Vista Christian's Brett Kirchick (8) shows the umpire his glove after he tagged out a Hollister runner during the fourth inning Tuesday at Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE The Monte Vista Christian High baseball team put together a seventh-inning threat, but it couldn't bring anyone home and ultimately fell to Hollister 3-1 on Tuesday in the teams' Monterey Bay League Gabilan Division opener.

The Mustangs had hoped for that one break to go their way. It looked like it was going to come in the bottom of the seventh inning against Hollister pitcher Jacob Tonascia, who came in with plans of getting the final three outs.

Kai Paresa started the bottom of the seventh by working a walk. Kyle Clark then hit a grounder that was slow enough to force the Hollister third baseman to make a low throw, allowing everyone to be safe.

After a strikeout, Paresa and Clark advanced a base on a wild pitch thrown to Patrick Muller. Muller eventually walked to load the bases.

Tonascia regrouped himself and got back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.

Monte Vista Christian got its lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning after Hollister took a 2-0 lead in the top half.

Zander Fischer-Tellez got a walk and stole second. Nick Matiasevich then hit a bunt to the third-base side that stayed fair, moving Fischer-Tellez to third. Austin Muller followed up with a surprise bunt of his own, reaching first base safely while bringing home Fischer-Tellez to cut Monte Vista Christian's deficit to 2-1. Matiasevich went to third. Paresa then bunted over Muller to second. That ended up being the last of the rally, as a strikeout and a line drive ended the threat of a big inning.

For the complete article see the 03-07-2013 issue.

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