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‘Aguila Knocks in DeJesus with Winning Run’
By Randy Vernon, special to MSBL
November 4, 2017, Maryvale
Stadium, Phoenix, AZ - Southern California came out on top of a closely
contested game to win the 45+ Cactus consolation game at Maryvale Stadium.
The Bay Area Giants led 4-1
after an inning and a half, when the Southern California Indians responded with
four runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead, 5-4. Bay Area scored
one to tie the game at 6-6 in the top of the eighth. Southern Californiaresponded with a run in the bottom of the eighth to retake the lead then held
Bay Area scoreless in the ninth to win the 45+ Cactus Consolation game.
With the game tied in the eighth
inning, Southern California’s Wil DeJesus reached based on an error, then
promptly stole second base. Raul Aguila followed with an RBI single to score
DeJesus and get the game-winning RBI. Aguila said, "It was a great team effort.
Everyone fought hard.” Of SoCal’s nine team hits, Aguila was the sole player
with two hits. SoCal had seven stolen bases, with DeJesus getting three stolen
bases. Leadoff hitter DeJesus started the game with a "Rickey Henderson triple”
– getting a walk then stealing second and third base before scoring on Scott
Crutchfield’s RBI single. Mike Fortunato paced SoCal with 2 RBI’s, which capped
SoCal’s 4-run second inning.
SoCal’s Martin Guerro started
the game, lasting 1 1/3 innings, before being replaced by Robert Scott, who
threw six innings in relief. Larry Ramirez closed down the game for SoCal pitching
the final 1 2/3 innings.
The Bay Area Giants were paced
by Bill Naylor’s three hits, including two doubles. Bill Neale and George Lee added two hits apiece, with Neale also scoring two runs. Lee was one of five
Bay Area players with an RBI in the game.
Bay Area starting pitcher Dave
McCuestin went three innings. Nelson Villanueva pitched a strong five innings in
relief. The Bay Area pitchers did not give up a single extra base hit to SoCal.
But in the end SoCal had enough offense when they needed it to earn the