Mistake-prone Bear Cubs fall to Sacramento City 4-3


The Bear Cubs committed nine errors in a Big 8 Conference baseball game on Thursday against visiting Sacramento City College and still had a chance to win in the late innings.

As it turned out, the errors were the ultimate undoing for Santa Rosa (16-2-1, 7-1 Big 8), which lost 4-3 in a game that it was very fortunate wasn’t more lopsided in favor of the Panthers.

The defeat was the first for the first-place Bear Cubs in conference play.

“Obviously that’s not how we got to this point,” Santa Rosa coach Damon Neidlinger said. “We didn’t deserve to win, but I was glad we had a chance at the end.”

All of the errors for the Bear Cubs came in the infield and were spread throughout the game. Three of the four Panthers runs were unearned. Sacramento (8-12, 3-5) was flawless in the field, which was the difference in the game.

“We will take the win any way we can get. We are struggling and scuffling,” Panthers coach Derek Sullivan said. “They (Santa Rosa) didn’t play catch the way they normally do.”

Sacramento scored one run in the third, two in the fifth and the winner in the eighth inning.

Santa Rosa scored one in the third and two in the sixth.

Alex Perez came in for relief for the Bear Cubs and took the loss in one inning of work, giving up just an unearned run.

With the score 3-3 and runners on first and third with two outs in the top of the eighth, Sacramento’s Sal Barajas got caught in between first and second base, but a throwing error on the play allowed the Panthers Anthony Enriquez to score from third to take a 4-3 Sacramento lead.

“That play went how it was designed,” Sullivan said. “We wanted to get in a rundown (at second) with two outs and two strikes.”

Nate Berumen got the win for the Panthers, pitching two scoreless innings in relief.

Santa Rosa starting pitcher Brian Bynum put in a good performance, tossing seven innings, giving up three hits, one earned run and striking out five. “You make nine errors and you keep it close, it is a credit to our pitchers to hold down the fort and throw strikes,” Neidlinger said. “When you have a game like this it is good to see that they guys didn’t jump ship.”

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