Warriors make a little history with 10th win
ATHERTON – Closing their final road series of the season at Menlo College with a doubleheader, the William Jessup baseball team broke the program record for single-season wins. The Warriors split with the Oaks, taking game one for their 10th win of the season.
Extending it to extra innings in their first outing of the day, William Jessup knocked in the winning run in the 10th inning for a 5-3 victory, but were unable to hang on in game two. Jessup lost 5-4 to the Oaks on a walk-off single in the seventh inning.
After three hitless innings, the Warriors cracked the bats first in the top of the fourth frame. Sam Curtis (Rocklin HS) singled to left field and came around to score on teammate Joshua Duitsman’s RBI single to the opposite field.
Menlo didn't wait long to answer, as Julian Jarrard hit one of his series’ three solo home runs to tie the game at 1-1. The Oaks added two more runs in the bottom of the frame for a 3-1 lead, heading into the fifth inning.
In the top of the sixth, Duitsman came through with his third RBI of the game bringing the Warriors within one, with two innings to go.
Wasting no time, Jessup answered in the following inning as Joe Howell led off with a base hit. Howell scored to tie the game on Rory Peterson’s RBI double to right field.
Taking it to extra frames, the Warriors struck first in the top of the 10th with a single by Curtis, putting Petersen in scoring position with Duitsman next up to bat. Duitsman came through yet again with a triple to score both Petersen and Curtis for a 5-3 advantage and only three outs away from their 10th win of the season.
In the bottom of the 10th, Curtis came in for his fifth save of the season. Curtis retired the first three batters he faced giving pitcher Mikey Saldana the victory, his third of the season.
The Warriors collected four runs on four hits against Menlo, but a final-inning rally ended in a walk-off single to put the Oaks over WJU 5-4.
Down 3-0 heading into the final frame of the game, the Warriors rallied for a 4-3 lead. Joey Torres drove in two runs and pinch hitter Leander Carter added two more RBIs in his only plate appearance.
But the Oaks were determined. They answered with two runs on three hits for the go-ahead run to take the game.
Closing out the season next week, the Warriors will host The Master's University Friday at McBean Park for a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. A single game is slated for 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Warriors' five seniors will be honored.
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