The Big Pine Warriors were the only Owens Valley baseball team to survive the Yerington Tournament last weekend with a perfect 4-0 record.
To date, the Warriors are 4-0 on the road and 0-2 at home.
Coming off the tournament, Big Pine faced the Coleville Wolves at home Tuesday afternoon and lost by a nose, 7-8, in extra innings.
The Warriors had to fight back from a 0-4 deficit, pulling even in the fourth inning and securing the lead in the fifth. The Wolves answered with the tying run in the seventh and the winning run in the ninth.
SuMa Davis started on the mound for the Warriors and made quick work of the Wolves in the first two innings. Davis kept it interesting, gaining the strikeout in the top of the second with the bases loaded.
The Warriors’ bats were active in the first, with hits from Jesse Chirrick and Ryan Carrington. But, the inning ended with both stranded on base.
The Wolves opened it up in the third with 4 runs on errors. Micah Bacoch tagged a runner out on a steal attempt at third base to get the Warriors out of the inning with no further damage.
Big Pine roared back in the bottom of the third. Carrington and Davis had back-to-back singles. Bacoch got to first on a wild pitch, then Tyler Amisone smashed a 2-RBI double. Jeremy Fei’s double sent Amisone home and the Warriors were within striking distance at 3-4.
The tying run came in the bottom of the fourth. Davis doubled, then found home plate off a Bacoch single.
The Wolves threatened early in the top of the fifth. With Amisone pitching and Davis behind home plate, Coleville hit a soaring lob to the fence line. As the batter rounded the bases, the Big Pine defense relayed the ball to Davis who tagged the runner out at home plate, turning a potential homer into an out.
The Wolves brought in a new pitcher to face the Warriors; he didn’t have any more luck than the first.
With Fei and Chirrick on base, Carrington singled in Fei for the go-ahead run. Davis’ single sent Chirrick home and the Warriors were ahead 6-4.
Amisone held the Wolves hitless in the top of the sixth, then started the Warrior lineup with a line drive straight up the middle for a single. Coleville sent in its third pitcher who quickly loaded the bases on walks.
Chirrick sent Amisone home for Big Pine’s seventh run.
With their backs to the wall, the Wolves’ batters started the seventh with a double and a walk. The second double scored both runners. The tying run came on an error.
Big Pine locked down the inning with an out at first and a strikeout, but were unable to add to their total, forcing the game into extra innings.
Coleville scored the winning run in the top of the ninth. The Warriors had two men on base, eager to head home, but a pop fly out ended the game with a Wolves’ win.