By GERARDO RECINOS
Somewhere between the locker room, the dug out, or the bus, the Alhambra boys baseball team found their hitting shoes and broke out of a small home stand slump.
The Bulldogs boys pounded out eight hits (only one more than their total in their three games at Knowles Field this season) and eight runs in a homecoming win for Benicia alumnus coach Daryl King.
The 8-4 win not only came at the right time, as league play looms, but saw multiple players across the Bulldog lineup contribute in big ways.
Tyler Peters started the game, but didn’t make it past the third inning. Peters was snapping some nasty breaking balls off, but was withdrawn with an apparent injury. It’s unclear as to whether the decision to remove him from the game was precautionary or more worrying.
But before Peters was pulled, the boys behind him managed to send him off with a chance to get a win.
Matt Beck reached base via an error in the top of the third inning. Beck was moved to third on a nice piece of opposite field hitting from fellow senior Josh Abraham who doubled down the right field line.
After Jordyn Eglite drew a walk, Zach Elliott singled off of starter Anthony Lopez to tag the pitcher with is first earned run of the season.
The Bulldogs would get one more run in the third when Dominic Pruett grounded into a double play.
Peters got the team back to the plate with a 13-pitch shutdown inning to keep the momentum going.
Gavin Duncan sparked yet another rally after hustling out an infield single with a diving slide to the base to beat the throw.
Duncan was moved over by senior Jacob Armosino who laid down a perfect bunt down the firs base line. Peters’ sacrifice fly drove in Duncan.
With two outs, the Bulldogs’ Beck was hit by a pitch and came around to score after stealing a base. Abraham singled in Beck, and was then driven in himself on a booming double off the wall by Eglite.
The Panthers scratched across a run off Peters in the bottom of the fourth inning before the SF State bound senior was removed in favor of reliever Brett Sterrer.
Sterrer cashed in one of Peters’ base runners, but got out of the inning on a come backer to the mound.
Sterrer was excellent throughout his appearance, not allowing more than a pair of walks.
Eglite drove in another run int he top half of the sixth inning on a ground out, and then sophomore Trent Greene did as well on a blooped single.
The Bulldogs would score twice more in the inning, with the eighth and final run coming on a hard-hit single up the middle by junior pinch hitter Matt Peon del Valle.
Alhambra’s Spencer Schulhauser and Cameron Machado closed out the game, with Machado getting out of a jam to get the game’s final out.