Falcons out-duel Alhambra in 2-1 home win

Alhambra junior Trent Greene drove in the Bulldogs’ lone run in the 2-1 loss to College Park on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra junior Trent Greene drove in the Bulldogs’ lone run in the 2-1 loss to College Park on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

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Between the two teams, there were only five hits. Both pitchers carved through the line ups, but once again Alhambra’s baseball team couldn’t punch in the runs they needed.

And worst off all the 2-1 loss on April 18 came at the hands of the rival College Park Falcons. The last team the Bulldogs would’ve wanted to be held silent by.

Once again Jordyn Eglite was the bad-luck loser, despite tossing one of his most solid outings this season against one of the top opponents he’s faced.

His lively fastball looked great from pitch one of the outing, but a poor first inning hurt him once more.

And truth is it had very little to do with his performance on the mound. Eglite only allowed two hits on the afternoon, but one of them was a booming triple to Braden Gowdy that set up the Falcons with a runner in scoring position with only one out.

But the Bulldogs could’ve gotten out of the inning with a run. They could’ve even gotten out of the inning without a run on the board had it not been for their defense.

The Falcons scored their first run on a fielder’s choice. Sophomore short stop Jake Tyler made a throw home to try and cut down the run at the plate, but it was low and Tyler Boyce couldn’t hang on.

However once more, because of the poor throw, that allowed the runner to move to second base and put himself into scoring position as well. And the ball never left the infield.

Worse than that, the next run came around to score on a throwing error by the catcher, Boyce, after base runner Chris Gardner stole third base. He was able to jog home without a throw.

Already in the hole it was going to be a mountain to climb for Alhambra, and that got even harder because the guy on the mound was mystifying the Bulldogs.

Crafty lefty  was perfect his first time through the order, and in his 5 1/3 innings, he struck out seven Bulldogs, while only allowing three hits.

It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Bulldogs made any noise off the College Park southpaw.

Boyce, the lead-off hitter, singled to left field to finally get Alhambra a runner on base.

He too benefited from some less than stellar defense from the opponent. A passed ball allowed him to move to third base, which was key.

Because Trent Greene’s RBI single didn’t leave the infield, Boyce was able to score, rather than be standing on third base.

But that was the last peep the Bulldogs would make.

A lead-off walk by Spencer Schulhauser was wasted an inning later, as the senior was stranded, and even more painful was the sixth inning.

This time the Bulldogs had finally figured out Kozlowski. With two men on and one out, College Park coach Andy Tarpley made the move to the Bullpen, and it was perfectly timed.

Gowdy got a weak pop fly and ground ball to escape the threat in the sixth inning, and then only needed four pitches in the seventh to close out the win for the Falcons over their rivals.

The loss is the Bulldogs’ third in a row (as of Tribune deadline) since their extra inning win over Pittsburg on April 4, and it’s seen the club fall to an even 7-7 on the season as things heat up and league play gets to its peak.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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