Bear Cubs victorious in a thriller of a win

Matt Fowler, Staff Writer

The Bear Cubs baseball team wrapped up a three-game set with Diablo Valley in a thrilling 13- inning, 2-1 win in extra innings on March 28. 

 This was the Bear Cubs’ second win in the last three games. 

 Brett Obranovich was on the mound for the Bear Cubs, boasting a 0.84 ERA in 10 appearances this season. Obranovich pitched five scoreless innings with two strikeouts and only three walks. 

 The first run came in the bottom of the third inning, when Anthony Bender singled driving in Matt Lacoco to make the score 1-0 SRJC.

 “It’s always nice to win, but it’s, more satisfying to see the things we practice everyday executed in the game,” said Matt Lacoco.

 From there a pitching duel ensued, as the two sides matched zeros until the eighth inning. 

 After Vijay Patel pitched two innings, Anthony Bender came in and took the mound for the remainder of the game. 

 A walk by Bender with the bases loaded in the eighth tied the score at one. After a shaky start, Bender found his form and put zeros on the board as the game progressed into extra innings.

 In the bottom of the 13th inning, LaCoco singled up the middle. Two crucial Diablo Valley’s errors, allowed LaCoco to get into scoring position.

 With the winning run 90 feet away, Chase Stafford singled up the middle, allowing LaCoco to score the winning run. 

 “I tried to stay calm and composed and focused on what was needed to be done,” said Stafford.

 This was the Bear Cubs’ first walk-off win of the season. The Bear Cubs are now (16-7(4-5) overall.

 “The team showed a lot of mental toughness and competitive composure. After the walk call in the top of the eighth with the bases loaded, the team could have folded up, but they stayed strong and got out of the inning,” said coach Damon Neidlinger.  “The pitching did a great job of keeping the game tied 1-1 until we got it done in the 13th.”

 The Bear Cubs play a rescheduled game against Cosumnes River April 2.