Joey Mistretta, FCA
The Shepherds tied the Signal Hill Oilers on Tuesday night. The game started out in a pitcher’s duel and ended in a run scoring mash for both teams. Through the first three innings the game was tied. In the bottom of the fourth the Shepherds scored 1 and in the top of the fifth the Oilers pushed 2 across. The Oilers went on to score 6 more unanswered. Down 8-1 in the seventh, The Shepherds began to make some inroads and drew closer going into the eight down 8-6. Going into the bottom of the ninth, the Shepherds were down 10-9. As the sun began to go down The Shepherds wound up tying the game at 10. After the inning ended with two Shepherds runners left on base, the umpires were forced to call the game due to darkness as Biola’s field has no lights.
Ryan Hernandez struck out seven batters through his few three innings of work. However, he also walked some batters and he was forced to leave in the fifth because of his extremely high pitch count.
The Shepherds had came back from down 8-1 before this season. Doing it again tonight shows the heart and soul of this team.
RJ Lan lead the offense with four big hits in the game. Garret Mcintire also chipped in with a 2 RBI clutch base hit.
The Shepherds will travel to Irvine, CA on Wednesday. This will continue their current nine games in seven days stretch. The game can be seen on the Shepherds facebook page @Socalfcabaseball.