SANTA ANA, Calif. – Santa Ana baseball battled the weather and the College of the Desert Roadrunners in the second game of their series on Thursday afternoon.
In the fourth inning, umpires were forced to delay the game for approximately one hour due to lightning and rain. The teams decided to play as much as possible, knowing they would run out of daylight before reaching nine innings.
After reliever Jack Owens blanked COD in the top of the sixth, Santa Ana continued its climb back with another run from an Askins single to tie the game at 5-5.
College of the Desert seemed to be heading home with at least a tie game as they worked their way out of the sixth and retired the first two batters in the bottom half of the seventh inning. But Santa Ana Head Coach Tom Nilles made the move to insert Frank Garcia to pinch hit with two outs, which turned out to be the difference in the game.
Garcia made the most of his opportunity, as he connected on a fastball that carried over the left field fence to give the Dons a 6-5 advantage after trailing for most of the day. Celebration
With the win, Santa Ana is now 8-3 overall while COD falls to 2-12 with the loss.
Starting catcher Copper Hansen made some huge plays for the Dons behind the plate, throwing out two would-be base stealers and picking off a runner at first to end the game.
On Saturday, the Dons will finish their game against the East LA Huskies that was halted on Wednesday with the scoring being 1-1 in the 12th inning. The action will begin at 12:00 p.m. and will be followed with another full game against the Huskies.