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Condors fly by Wildcatz

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 16th, 2013

WATSONVILLE — The North Monterey County Condors stayed cool on a chilly Monday night and cruised over the Watsonville High Wildcatz, 9-5.

The Condors (7-12, 6-5) took advantage of a sloppy fourth inning from the Wildcatz (9-8, 6-5). The Condors scored four runs off of six Wildcat errors in the inning. The Catz had 12 errors at the end of the game.

The Condors took an early 3-0 lead in the third inning. Watsonville starting pitcher Chris Rivera started off the inning with a walk to Niko Alfaro. He followed it up by hitting John Theiko to put runners on first and second. By the end of the inning Alfaro, Theiko and Jackson Day all came in to score, although only one run was earned.

Rivera started off the fourth inning solidly for the Catz by getting Jakob Lopez to strike out, but a single by Gabriel Barajas started the Condor’s run.

After Kyle Romonolo lined-out to third, Rivera dinged Alfaro to put him on first base. Following a flurry of Watsonville infield errors, Rivera walked Theiko to load the bases. With the bases loaded Day hit a single out to right field to bring in the first two runs of the fourth inning.

The Catz would give up two more runs by innings end to dig themselves into a deep 7-0 hole.

Watsonville did answer with two runs of their own in their next at bat. Rex Gomez and Duran raced around to score to cut the lead to five runs.

North County added two more runs in the sixth inning. Day and Nick Samudio crossed home plate for the Condors to ice the game.

The Wildcatz went on to add three runs in the final inning, but it was not enough to catch up and Lopez finished the complete game and got the win.

Lopez gave up eight hits and struck out five Wildcatz in his outing.

Rivera went four innings and gave up four hits, three earned runs and struck out five Condors.

Day finished 2-3 with two RBIs and three runs. Samudio went 4-4 with a run.

It was a backbreaking loss for the Wildcatz who were just beginning to get in a groove after two big wins over Seaside. On the other hand, North Monterey County is back on their feet after being swept by MBL pacific leader Gilroy (12-3-1, 10-0) in a two-game series.

Watsonville has a chance to exact revenge on the Condors today at North Monterey County High School.

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