SALINAS – North Salinas took the Gilroy High baseball team by
surprise, handing the Mustangs a 4-3 loss Tuesday in Salinas.
SALINAS – North Salinas took the Gilroy High baseball team by surprise, handing the Mustangs a 4-3 loss Tuesday in Salinas.
“Everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong,” manager Johnny Ramirez said. “This one stings, but we will bounce back. Luckily it’s a long season.”
The defeat drops the Mustangs to 5-2 in the Tri-County Athletic League, behind Palma (6-1) and two behind San Benito (5-0) in the standings. The Chieftains and Balers play Saturday in Salinas.
Eric Brolin got the nod on the hill for the Mustangs, and with the exception to a rocky first inning where he gave up three runs, the sophomore kept Gilroy within striking distance.
“They jumped on him early, but he never panicked,” Ramirez said. “Hats off to him.”
The Mustangs offense, which has produced at least eight runs in four of its seven games this season, was stymied Tuesday, recording 14 fly-ball outs.
“They started pressing from the fifth inning on,” Ramirez said.
After falling behind 3-1 after one inning, the Mustangs tied the game in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Gabe Bonilla to plate Reed Kienle. The Vikings (3-5, 3-4 TCAL) regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth and shut down the threatening Mustangs in the top of the seventh to secure the win.
Gilroy managed to get runners on second and third with one out in that seventh, but stranded the possible tying and lead-changing runs.
The two teams get another crack at each other Friday at 4 p.m. in Gilroy.
“I’m anxious to see how they react,” Ramirez said.