Two hits, a wild pitch and an error by Cuesta led to the deciding inning. Three Cougars hits, including a Justin Wear double and Will Ruiz RBI single, gave the Cougars brief hope in the bottom of the 10th before Saddleback reliever Bradley Spooner closed the door.
Cuesta rallied from down 4-0 with two runs in the fourth and fifth innings to ultimately send the game to the extra frame.
Shortstop Andrew Navigato had Cuesta’s only multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and run. Cuesta starter Cody Luther allowed four runs on six hits in five innings of work.
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The series is scheduled to continue (weather permitting) at 2 p.m. Friday.