Thacher spears Avalon Lancers
in final at-bat
by Misty Volaski
It's the moment baseball players dream of. It's also the moment
that baseball players dread: Last inning of the game, you're
down three runs with the bases loaded and two outs. What do you
If you're part of Thacher's boys' baseball team, you pick up
the pace and drive in four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
After several missed opportunities and lost chances, it all came
down to the last inning, said coach Rich Mazzola.
"We scored in the bottom of the seventh for a great come-from-behind
win," he added.
Though Thacher kept getting close to scoring early in the game
- more than once striking out with the bases loaded - they were
held scoreless by Avalon's Phil Lopez, who pitched the majority
of the game for the Lancers.
Then in the seventh, pitcher Charlie Munzig traded his glove
for the bat and hit a double. Graham Douds followed with another
double to drive in Munzig for Thacher's first run of the game.
Catcher Brenton Sullivan added a single before Cameron Robertson
drove in Douds. Then Tyler Caldwell came up to bat to drive in
Robertson, who tied the game, 3-3.
The Toad's winning run came off the bat of Dan Bartlett, who
hit a single which allowed Caldwell to cross home plate for the
The final score was Thacher, 4, Avalon, 3.
The win improved Thacher's record to 19-3 and advanced them to
the Division VI finals against Grace Brethren, a team the Toads
beat 5-4 in regular season play.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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