Temple City left-hander Brian Dearth struck out 10 to lead the Rams to a Rio Hondo League victory.
This was a well-played contest that could’ve gone either way.
Left: Temple City pitcher Brian Dearth. Right: San Marino starter Nick Wilson.
By Scott Galetti
SAN MARINO It doesnt always work out the way its scripted when two quality pitchers go at it head to head.
But Temple City High School left-hander Brian Dearth and San Marino starter Nick Wilson put on a performance Friday afternoon that wouldve been worth the price of admission, if one was charged.
In the end, Dearth fared slightly better in the battle on the mound and benefited from some timely hitting and breaks as the Rams held off the host Titans 3-2 at McNamee Field.
Dusty Sanderson was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and the lone RBI to lead Temple City (7-2, 3-1).
Its big, actually, because I wasnt doing very good in the other weeks, Sanderson said. We needed that win because you dont want to go down with another loss early in the season.
Dearth (3-0) wasnt about to let his team lose. He allowed six hits and two runs in seven innings of work.
It was fantastic, Sanderson said of Dearths performance. He does what he does, and hes pretty amazing.
The senior struggled with his control early before finishing with 10 strikeouts.
I started off a little cold today, and I started to warm up maybe around the second and third inning, said Dearth, who was 2-for-3 at the plate. Then I started bearing down and throwing strikes.
Temple City right fielder Christian Cano assisted Dearth in the biggest way with the defensive gem of the day.
With the game knotted up at 1-1, Dearth hit San Marino right fielder Dylan Bensinger, followed by a pair of passed balls to send Bensinger to third.
Eric Welder flew out to right field. Cano came up throwing and sent a strike to catcher Ruben Jara for the putout to end the threat.
I couldnt have done it without the great play from my outfielder Christian Cano, Dearth said.
Added San Marino coach Mack Paciorek: Thats a close play at the plate and it couldve gone either way.
Temple Citys offense responded by giving Dearth a lead to work with in the fifth.
Kyle Wilkinson had a one-out double and stole third.
Justin Smith later hit a deep grounder to short. Titans shortstop Steven Wright and third baseman Jonathan Merhaut collided resulting in Wrights throw to first going off-line to score a run.
Smith later scored on a wild pitch to give Temple City a 3-1 lead.
I had timely hitting from my other guys and, without that, were probably on the losing side of this game, Dearth said.
Today was just a good game all-in-all and we played good, fundamental baseball.
San Marino (8-1-1, 2-1) closed within a run in the bottom of the fifth on a balk called on Dearth, but never got closer.
Wilson (3-1) gave up six hits and three runs with three strikeouts.
It was just two competitive teams that are both going out there wanting to beat each other, Dearth said. Every single game we play against them Nick Wilson always comes out with his best stuff and keeps them in the game until the end.
Peter Brunette (2-for-3) was the lone Titan with two hits.
You know in this league, this year, especially, its going to be a dogfight and every game is important and going to be close, Paciorek said.
David Ramirez gave San Marino the early lead in the second with a run-producing single.
Sandersons double off the right-field fence in the fourth tied the game.