Mason Kerr Lead Saguaros in Rain Shortened Affair
It was a great day for the Tucson Saguaros. Not only were they victorious in their regularly scheduled contest on Tuesday afternoon, but then won the makeup game over the Salina Stockade, 6-1. Danny Kerr and Gary Mason each drove in two runs in the rain shortened, four inning affair. Eli Shaw earned the victory with two shutout innings of relief.
Ryan Porras started for Tucson and looked like he would breeze through the first-inning, retiring the first two hitters. However, Ernie Geraci kept the inning alive with a base hit and scored on a double by Keavan Diaz.
As in the earlier contest, the Stockade had the lead, but they would not hold it long in this contest. In the bottom of the first, Tyler Baumann and Thomas DeBonville drew back to back walks with one down. Salina starter Jacob Williams struck out Nathan Etheridge, but the third out proved to be elusive. He walked James Prockish to load the bases, then gave up a base hit to Kerr, driving home two runs to put Tucson on top, 2-1.
An inning later, the Saguaros extended their lead to four. Porras beat out a grounder for a single. He appeared to have injured himself and was replaced on the base paths. No matter though, as Mason followed with his first homerun of the season. Two batters later, DeBonville went deep with his first homer of the year. That extended the lead to 5-1.
It remained a Saguaros four run lead until the fourth when the team added a run. Baumann doubled with one down. DeBonville then drew a walk. Two batters later, Etheridge drove in Baumann with a double to make it 6-1. Tucson had a chance to extend the lead, but James Prockish lined into a double-play to end the inning.
After that, the rains poured down, ending the game. Pecos League rules allow contests to become official after four innings.
DeBonville finished 1-1 with two walks, two runs, and an RBI for Tucson. Shaw earned the victory, tossing two perfect innings of relief. Diaz had the lone RBI for Salina.
By Robert Pannier