Errors cost Dogs in first-round loss

Alhambra pitcher Tyler Peters took the mound in the Bulldogs’ 7-2 playoff loss to the Campolindo Cougars on May 25, 2016. Peters was injured and unable to pitch most of the season. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune )
Alhambra pitcher Tyler Peters took the mound in the Bulldogs’ 7-2 playoff loss to the Campolindo Cougars on May 25, 2016. Peters was injured and unable to pitch most of the season. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune )
In the two previous meetings between Alhambra and Campolindo’s baseball programs, the Cougars have been able to beat down the Dogs with solid hitting.

In the Dogs’ May 25 loss to Campolindo, however, the Bulldogs beat themselves.

The Bulldogs made four errors in the 7-2 loss in Wednesday afternoon’s North Coast Section first-round loss.

And once again the man on the mound who was punished was Jordyn Eglite, who scattered six hits and two walks in five innings of work. Eglite only allowed a single earned run and pounded the strike zone, throwing first pitch strikes to 22 of the 26 hitters he faced.

On top of that, the Bulldogs couldn’t drive in a run when they needed to off of senior starter Cole Farrand, who beat Alhambra for the second time this season in his 5 2/3 innings of work.

The Bulldogs pounded out 10 hits of Farrand, but he stranded seven of those runners.

Only two hitters, Tyler Peters and Daymon Blalock, could drive in runs.

But Campolindo made the Bulldogs pay for their mistakes. A ground ball off the bat of senior Nicky Fafoutis should have been routine, but instead the chopper ended up plating two runs after an errant throw by second baseman Trent Greene.

That run was immediately followed by a throw from catcher Josh Abraham that skipped into center-field allowing Ryan McNally to score for Campo.

Only Jack Cassidy’s single into left field that scored Max Flower was a bonafide RBI off of Eglite.

After Farrand exited the game, Alhambra couldn’t touch his reliever Matt Mead, who only allowed a walk in his 1 1/3 innings to shut the door on any Bulldog comeback and knock Alhambra out in the first round of the playoffs since 2006.

The Bulldogs were beaten in what was then Class 2A by Miramonte, and have every year since then played in at least the second round.

Nine seniors will leave the Alhambra ranks this off-season, which will leave coach Daryl King with some holes to fill, but the Diablo Athletic League conference shift should make next year a different world for Alhambra.

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