By GERARDO RECINOS
Spencer Schulhauser sent everyone home happy with an extra innings win for the Bulldogs on Friday, March 18.
The junior outfielder drove in the games only run to give Alhambra the 1-0 win against the Irvington Vikings, a result that alleviates some of the tension following the most recent loss to Albany on March 14.
The Bulldogs could only muster four hits on the afternoon, but took advantage of two walks, and error and sac fly to win the game.
The lack of offense at home in two games this season is not something coach Daryl King is stressed about however.
“I think they’ll be alright, a lot of guys are up there and their approach is a little of,” King said. “They’re just trying to meet the ball, and in baseball you have to take healthy hacks at the ball, you can’t be afraid to fail.”
What has been stellar however is the pitching. Senior starting pitcher Tyler Peters fanned eight hitters in five innings of work, only allowing two walks and two hits.
“Our pitching has been outstanding, our defense has been stellar, only thing we have to work out a little bit is our hitting,” King said. “The guys talked it out in there, and they’re not concerned with it. Once they hit their stride with it we’ll be a nice complete team.”
Peters was efficient with his pitches through his four innings of work, but ran into a bit of a mess in the fifth, when he was forced to through 25 pitches. Still the future San Francisco State Gator was able to escape the jam unscathed, and even ended up striking out the side in his final act before being pulled from the game.
In many other instances he would’ve walked off the mound the winner, but Alhambra had not managed to draw first blood. Until that point they had not had a single runner reach third base.
In the first six innings of the ball game they left seven runners on base.
In the bottom of the seventh, however, all signs pointed to the walk off win.
Senior Matt Beck started the inning by lacing a single to left field. He took second on a wild pitch, and was then moved over to third by second baseman Jacob Armosino on a well placed sacrifice bunt.
King elected to try and win the game by bunting with relief pitcher Brett Sterrer, who until that point had twirled a magnificent three innings in relief of Peters. King didn’t take the bunt sign off with two strikes, and although Sterrer was able to protect the runner from third, he struck out on the fouled off bunt.
After the game King defended his decision to bunt with two strikes, saying Sterrer is one of, if not the best bunter on the team, and that he felt he could get the job done no matter how much pressure.
With a runner on third, the Vikings elected to walk the dangerous Peters and face senior Dominic Pruett instead.
Pruett laced the third pitch he saw the opposite way but saw it hit the webbing of the second baseman’s glove and not the outfield turf.
Instead it would be in the eight inning that the Bulldogs would ambush the runner scoring from third and celebrate the walk off win courtesy of their right-fielder.
“Spencer is a competitor, and athlete, and he is always intense,” King said. “He found something he could drive and got the job done.”