The first game ended in a tie, the second lasted only seven frames, and after 16 combined innings, the North County Indians left Bakersfield one run better than the host Braves on Wednesday in a summer collegiate baseball doubleheader.
Spencer Howard drove in a run and got the win on the mound as the Indians (27-8-1) won the shortened nightcap, 2-1, after the two teams ended the first contest deadlocked at 6.
Howard, a Templeton High graduate, struck out four in four innings, allowing four hits, one walk and an unearned run. Atascadero native Bryan Kirkpatrick threw three perfect innings in relief to earn the save, striking out a pair.
Josh Ramirez drove in the other run in the victory.
In the first game, the Braves scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth to force the tie.
Corbin Meikle finished 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI for the Indians. Leadoff hitter Sinjin Todd also registered three hits and scored twice, and Davey Casciola drove in a pair.
SLO Blues outlast Catch in 14 innings
It took an error from the visiting Southern California Catch, but the San Luis Obispo Blues pushed the winning run across in the 14th inning to win a lengthy summer collegiate baseball contest 5-4 at SLO Stadium.
Down to the final out of the inning with two runners on, Cal Poly outfielder Zack Zehner hit a full-count pitch to shortstop, where Cooper Esmay’s error allowed Mitchell Williams to score the winning run from second.
Collin Ferguson launched a two-run, game-tying home run in the eighth inning for his lone hit in seven at-bats, as the Blues (36-11, 25-10 California Collegiate League) overcame a 4-0 deficit.
Mathias hitless as Team USA falls
Cal Poly second baseman Mark Mathias was 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts from his No. 3 spot in the batting order as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team fell 4-3 to Cuba on the Caribbean island early today.
Cal State Fullerton pitchers Justin Garza and Thomas Eshelman both gave up a pair of runs, as Team USA fell behind 4-1 before scoring runs in the seventh and eighth.