Ravens say "Never More" to Lookout comeback
By Keith Freeman,
LAS VEGAS, May 27, 2013-- Gabe Orendorff’s two-out single to center field sent Deryck Christensen home
from first with the final and decisive run in the top of the eighth inning as
the Puget Sound Senior Baseball League Ravens posted an 11-10 victory over the
California Lookouts in the Las Vegas Open 18-over championship game at Will P.
Orendorff’s hit came at
a good time as his team, which owned a 9-1 lead in the fourth, saw the Lookouts
tie the game at 10-10 in the seventh inning.
The fourth seed Ravens
started the game with a four-run outburst in the first. Jamie Miller and Rudy
Hernandez hit RBI singles before Emmett Woods notched a two-run single.
triple and an error gave the lookouts a run and trimmed the Ravens’ lead, but
soon the floodgates opened in the third inning with RBI singles by Christensen
and Miller. Andrew Kuehn tripled and scored on Paul Davison’s single. Orendorff
doubled and came home on Hernandez’s second RBI single in the fourth.
By the sixth inning what
looked like a blowout was turning into a competitive 10-4 game with momentum
turning torward the Lookout dugout. Max Lotorto, Jason Tackett and Jimmy
Murillo contributed RBI singles in the comeback.
"The guys came out on
fire, the bats were swinging,” Ravens manager Davison said. "It’s kind of one
of those things when you get a lead there’s a natural tendency to let up a bit
and start coasting. That team, you’ve got to give them credit. They battled and
chipped and chipped away, and before we knew it they were right on our heels.
"Our guys are focused
and they’re ready to play, and they like the challenge. Rudy out there on the
mound … he was gritty and he gutted it out. And we got a big hit from Gabe to
win the game. It was a good tournament.”
The left-handed Thornton
started on the mound for the Ravens, but he was relieved by Hernandez with two
outs in the fifth. The Ravens owned a 9-4 lead when eventual winning pitcher
Hernandez took over for the final four-and-a-third innings.
"Rudy is actually our
starting catcher,” Davison said. "We’re lucky to have two good catchers (Steve
Smith started at catcher in the championship game). Rudy can get out there and
deal from time to time. He doesn’t do it a lot because we have a lot of good
arms, but he gets out there and he throws strikes, and he’s focused and he
knows what he’s doing. He makes tough pitches. He got us through it today.”
Reliever Dan Burkhart,
who was the Lookouts’ third and final pitcher, took the loss.
"My team, they have tons
of heart,” Lookouts manager Schoeller said. "Being down 9-1, we weren’t going
to stop. We were going to come back and fight, but we fell a little bit short.
"We got one step closer
(after advancing to the LV Open semifinals in 2012) this year. This was the
strongest team we’ve ever had out here, so I knew a championship was what we
should have got; falling behind early hurt us. I think if we played them in a
three-game series we’d beat them two out of three.”
NOTES: The Ravens were 3-1-1 while the Lookouts went
3-2 at the LV Open. … Kuehn led the Ravens with a .643 (9-for-14) batting
average while Miller, who had four doubles and 14 RBI, was next at .632
(12-for-19) and Christensen followed at .500 (9-for-18) for the LV Open.